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.


Results to date:

One newly constructed and equipped Vocational Training Centre in Nyabihu District in Western Province was handed over to the Rwanda Workforce Development Authority (WDA).

  • 159 youths (38% female) graduated in the apprenticeship programme facilitated by 68 craftsmen in seven districts in Western Rwanda.
  • 761 youths (41% female) graduated in shortterm training courses in seven districts of Western Province in Rwanda.
  • 95 master craftsmen (56 from Burundi, 17 from DR Congo and 22 from Rwanda) participated in training sessions. The goals of the trainings were to improve the quality of services, as well as to encourage sub-regional exchanges in skills and best practices.
  • 20 craftsmen participated in the gender inclusiveness workshop in Rwanda.
  • 20 local entrepreneurship facilitators, commonly referred to as Business Development Advisors (BDAs), were recruited, equipped and trained, and were operational in seven districts of Western Province in Rwanda.
  • 1,179 beneficiaries (40% female) completed short-term training, with 179 (36% female) entering into self-employment and generating a total income of CHF19,223 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • 427 beneficiaries enrolled for short-term training facilitated by 78 Training of Trainers (ToTs) in Burundi.
  • 417 beneficiaries (29% female) gained employment and generated a total income of CHF6,975 (CHF2,810 for 277 short-term training graduates and CHF4,165 for 140 apprenticeship programme participants in Rwanda).


      Project countries

      • Burundi
      • DR Congo
      • Rwanda

      Project duration

      2012 - 2019


      • SDC

      Working area


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