Promoting Market Oriented Skills Training and Employment Creation in the Great Lakes Region (PROMOST)

The program's overall goal is to contribute to increased employment and income generation for the rural population in the Great Lakes Region by improving their access to quality and labour market oriented vocational training. The reform of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system plays a crucial role in achieving Rwanda's target of overcoming poverty.

Considering the relatively underdeveloped state of the Rwandan TVET system, on top of the shortage of technically skilled workers in the private sector, the first phase of the 12-year program aims at supporting the Government's efforts to improve access, quality and relevance of the TVET system. The three years project phase of the twelve year program will work at different sections of the Rwandan TVET system, with a special focus on non-formal and informal vocational training at the provincial, district and sector levels.

The Project

The main focus is on qualitative improvement of TVET provision, enhanced accessibility for the most socio-economically disadvantaged and vulnerable segments of the rural population in Western Province, and access to more diversified training opportunities. Special attention is given to capacity building of the three categories of key stakeholders involved in an effective TVET system at central and decentralized levels - central and local authorities, local TVET providers, and local enterprises - in order to ensure impact and sustainable development of a demand-driven TVET system, which is managed and monitored in a win-win partnership.

Also, the project will promote the development of a common framework for recognition of occupational qualifications at lower levels between Rwanda and Burundi. Major partner organizations and institutions for project implementation will be private sector representatives at central and local levels, as well as the district and sector authorities.



    • Preliminary works for the construction of one new Vocational Training Centre (VTC) in Nyabihu district began in 2016.
    • Sensitisation workshops attended by 1,575 unemployed/ underemployed youth (among them 759 TVET STT graduates) held in five districts in Rwanda
    • 23 Professionals trained in Rapid Market Appraisal to form a pool of training counsellors able to conduct rapid market analysis at local levels in Rwanda.
    • Financial literacy training conducted for 505 graduates of STT (of which 39% were female).
    • 210 trainers from public and private TVET providers benefitted from training of trainers’ sessions organised in July/August and November in pedagogical and Technical skills upgrade in Rwanda.
    • 589 gained entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills in DRC.
    • 580 (252 women) benefitted from short-term vocational training in 13 trades in DRC.

    Project countries

    • Burundi
    • DR Congo
    • Rwanda

    Project duration

    2012 - 2019


    • SDC

    Working area


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