As part of the Nepal Vocational Qualifications System (NVQS) project in Nepal, Swisscontact has been working together with various partners on an initiative to introduce assessment and accreditation of previously acquired vocational experience. The objective is to get accreditation for and certify skills acquired outside of the formal education system. This approach can be of immense benefit to young people working in the informal sector – for example as market vendors, as well as to migrants returning to their homeland – because with a certificate it will be easier for them to find a job or start their own business.
This project is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
The “Skills to Build” project aims to improve the possibilities for employment of young people and those with limited formal qualifications. Since 2017, more than 1,000 young people have completed introductory courses in the construction sector. As part of this project, Swisscontact has introduced a process whereby skills acquired outside of the formal education system as well as informal skills – acquired in everyday work but often without any formal intent – can be certified. For workers without a formal education, this accreditation is hugely important, as it helps them to secure income and a better chance at finding a job.
The project is financed by the Medicor Foundation, Happel Foundation, U.W. LINSI Stiftung, among other donors. It forms part of Swisscontact’s Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
New and growing sectors demand a qualified labour force. Migrants who have either acquired or improved vocational skills abroad could cover that demand. In any case, those returning to Central America from the United States, where they had acquired work experience, face economic hurdles: there is no system in place that can certify the skills acquired. With the “Nuevas Opportunidades” (“New Opportunities”) project, Swisscontact is supporting the certification of their qualifications, thereby facilitating their reintegration into society. At the same time, companies also benefit from the comprehensive knowledge these people bring to the table. Thus, competitiveness in important economic sectors such as construction is enhanced.
The project is financed by the Medicor Foundation, Green Leaves Education Foundation, among other donors. It forms part of Swisscontact’s Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department for Foreign Affairs (FDFA).