The goal is to strengthen skills and foster labour market integration. Swisscontact supports people in their efforts to secure livelihoods and participate actively in society.
Together with local and national partners, Swisscontact is implementing comprehensive skills development programmes that include policy and systems guidance and support to selected training institutes in improving the quality of their training programmes. Concepts for labour market-oriented skills development are designed and implemented together with local authorities and involve the private sector.
Swisscontact‘s skills development programmes include Vocational Education and Training (VET) as well as labour market insertion.
Vocational education and continuing training equip people with valuable skills for work and life and can be provided by schools, training centres, higher education institutions, or VET providers in formal and informal settings. Labour market insertion comprises a series of different instruments and services, like counselling, placement services, work programmes, employment incentives, internships, occupational and life skills training, and start-up incentives.
The dual apprenticeship-based training system serves as a model of success. Key to this is the connection between basic theory taught in the classroom and practical experience gained in businesses.
It has never been Swisscontact‘s objective to export the Swiss model of the dual apprenticeship training to other countries. However, Swisscontact bases its approach on the success factors found in the Swiss system:
Besides supporting the fight against youth unemployment and skills shortages, a strong VET system contributes significantly to national or regional structural and socio-economic development. In addition, skills development and measures to promote employment are important factors in stabilising fragile contexts.
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