The PROMOST project is currently in its third implementation phase. It uses a systemic approach and works closely with formal and informal Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) players and the local rural population to achieve two main outcomes:
48% of Burundians are under 15 years old, and 51% of the working population is between 15 and 35 years. Presently, Burundi faces declining fertility and soil degradation as nearly 90% of her people live in rural areas and practice small-scale subsistence farming. Formal and informal MSMEs are the real engine of employment and economic growth. Burundi is currently undergoing significant changes in administrative and economic governance related to the structural transformation of its national economy.
PROMOST focusses on improving the orientation and integration process of young unemployed beneficiaries into the labour market. The interventions focus on further developing the relevance and quality of the technical and vocational training delivery system and learning model. The project also promotes the recognition of prior learning scheme, encourages ownership and improvements to the stakeholder professional capacities.
The skills enhanced by PROMOST include bakery, culinary arts, knitting, tailoring, shoemaking/leatherwork, carpentry, welding, basketry, automotive mechanics, motorcycle mechanics, bicycle mechanics, hairdressing, bricklaying, electricity, electronic device maintenance, paving and paving production, masonry, hospitality, soap making, honey art and plumbing.
The PROMOST project seeks to contribute to improved employment opportunities and income generation for 3,800 youth (50% female) from the rural population in Burundi. The project will achieve this by improving their access to quality and labour market-oriented vocational training.
Rwanda is a landlocked country with limited mineral resources and a genocidal background, which shook up its economic growth. Through political stability, prudent macroeconomic policies, promotion of good governance and a favorable investment climate, Rwanda has been able to grow and lower its inflation. However, Rwanda's economy is threatened by a steady population growth rate and low human resource capacity. The Rwandan government has prioritized TVET to improve the technical skills of its workforce and ensure alignment to the labour market needs.
PROMOST seeks to support the Rwandan Government in increasing the number of TVET enrolments from 31.1% to 60% by 2024 through improved access, quality, and relevance of the existing system. PROMOST takes up a facilitative role in its implementation and applies a systemic and holistic approach by supporting its stakeholders at the national and local levels to enhance ownership.
The PROMOST project will pilot the dual training system for the benefit of the rural and peri-urban population in Rwanda. This involves the integration of workforce learning through a combination of theoretical training at the 6 TVET schools built by PROMOST in its previous phases, and part-time apprenticeships at a hosting company. Trainees have an opportunity to improve their hands-on skills and acquire market-relevant knowledge. The technical skills training sessions are focused on market-driven skills such as masonry, culinary arts, electricity, carpentry, food processing, auto mechanics, welding, and tailoring.
Apart from the training and certification through the dual training system, PROMOST implements several activities. These include but are not limited to Training of Trainers (ToT), capacity building of TVET managers and stakeholders, construction and equipment of dormitories and refectories in the Muganza, Shangi, Rubengera and Muhororo TVET schools, recognition of prior-learning initiatives, rehabilitation of micro-training providers in the informal sector, linkages between the private sector and the TVET providers, support for business development and entrepreneurship.
PROMOST aims to train and certify 1,000 youth using dual training and the Recognition of Prior Learning and Experience (RPL/E) system. It expects that at least 500 youth will be economically active through wage or self-employment.
As a result of a 6-year civil war (in the late 1990s- early 2000s), many children in DR Congo did not receive any education. The governance system does not promote employment opportunities for the majority of the youth. The low literacy levels have drastically affected employment, with nearly 34% of the working population earning less than $5 per day. In South Kivu, where the PROMOST project is implemented, many jobs depend on the environment, making them unsteady.
The PROMOST project uses a systemic approach and works closely with formal and informal TVET stakeholders and the rural population.
The project activities include career guidance, job placement and entrepreneurship support, relevant and quality training, validation of prior learning and experiences, strengthened operations and management of TVET to respond effectively to the needs of the local market.
PROMOST focuses on 26 professions oriented towards the market needs. These are cooking, bakery and pastry-making, embroidery, tiling, masonry, carpentry, hairdressing, cutting & sewing, decoration, domestic electricity, gillnet making, tile making, dugout canoe making, juice manufacturing, furniture upholstery, photovoltaic installation, leather goods & shoemaking, auto mechanics, motorcycle mechanics, carpentry, domestic plumbing, soap making, welding and fitting, dyeing, basket weaving and hand knitting.
PROMOST seeks to contribute to improved employment opportunities and income generation for 2,600 youth (50% female) from the rural population in targeted areas in DR Congo.
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Phase 2 Results