Promotion of training in marketable skills

The overall objective of the programme is to promote skills development and job creation among young people in Burundi in the provinces of Cibitoke, Kayanza, Ngozi, Muramvya and Bujumbura Mairie, by improving their access to quality, labour market-oriented vocational training.
Project duration
2023 - 2025
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

Implemented by Swisscontact and financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), this initiative is part of the Swiss Cooperation's Great Lakes Regional Cooperation Strategy 2022-2025 and is related to the Employment & Economic Development Domain. It thus contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 "Quality Education", and SDG 8 "Decent Work and Economic Growth" (more specifically 8.3: the creation of decent jobs, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation stimulate the growth of micro, small and medium enterprises and facilitate their integration into the formal sector). Finally, PROMOST is aligned with Burundi's National Development Plan (NDP), and in particular with the 2nd strategic orientation "developing human capital" and axis 5 "Strengthening the Education System and Improving the Quality of Education and Training Provision".

In the continuity of the 3 previous phases of PROMOST, during phase IV of the Programme (2023-2025), the aim will be to capitalise on the lessons learned so far and to scale up the innovations piloted in the Great Lakes region, in the fields of vocational guidance and integration, vocational and technical training, The aim of the project is to strengthen the collaboration between the stakeholders of the TVET system, by bringing about endogenous changes in line with the existing reference frameworks, and in relation to vocational training.

Following on from Phases II and III, the implementation of PROMOST IV will be based on a systemic approach to TVET development, working from the bottom up, where good practices are first tested at the local level, then scaled up and validated at the provincial and national levels. This is to ensure that lessons learned at the local level are reflected in TVET policies and regulations. Although PROMOST IV continues to work at the local level, during this phase the Programme focuses on capacity building at the provincial and national levels, in order to institutionalise and sustain the interventions implemented in Phases II and III.

The expected impact of the programme is to increase levels of employment/self-employment and income generation for young people through demand-driven quality vocational education and training, labour market insertion, and increased private sector engagement.

To this end, the overall objectives of PROMOST IV by the end of 2025 are articulated around 3 axes of intervention:

  • Increased involvement of the private sector, guidance and implementation of demand-driven TVET programmes
  • Improved access to quality vocational guidance, training and support for young people in key occupations
  • Strengthened key TVET system actors at different levels to manage and sustain its interventions beyond the duration of the PROMOST Programme

The specific results by axis of intervention are as follows:


Capacity building of existing professional associations in key trades

  • Improving the relevance and quality of training programmes with the involvement of private sector actors
  • Support for the establishment of equitable partnerships between companies and training operators in targeted sectors
  • Development of collaborations with Swiss training institutions/enterprises for mentoring enterprises (formal and informal).


  • Strengthening the provision of career guidance, coaching, social skills and entrepreneurship training
  • Strengthening of the vocational training offer through support for the implementation of Initial Vocational Training, Continuing Education and Dual Apprenticeship training schemes
  • Improving the management of TVET Centres and their services


  • Facilitation of dialogue and collaboration between TVET actors at the communal, provincial and national levels
  • Supporting TVET authorities in regulating the TVET system
  • Promotion of innovative training engineering mechanisms and tools at local and provincial levels to ensure transfer of experiences, results and learning.