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Certification of vocational education and training and access to the labour market (SQUAT)

The aim of the project is to ensure that people have access to state-recognised education and training throughout their working lives. This opens up new job opportunities for them and the newly acquired knowledge and skills improve the range of products and services offered to customers.

The project supports the local construction sector: on the basis of a comprehensive development of governance in the construction sector, new, certified education and training courses will enable more employment opportunities. In addition, disadvantaged population groups can increase their income from increasing labour productivity and, thus, sustainably improve their living conditions.

The project also aims to support the Haitian government in the structural reforms of the technical vocational training system, based on the government strategy of 2013 and the resulting ordinances of 2018.

The Project

The emergence of an integrative, high-quality and, thus, more sustainable vocational training system should also help to better meet the qualification requirements of the production sector. This is achieved by giving unemployed and/or underemployed young people and experts excluded from the formal vocational training system access to high-quality, state-recognised vocational training.

The vocational and entrepreneurial skills of the beneficiaries will be developed, taking into account their personal resources. This facilitates their socio-professional integration into the world of work, whether through employment or stepping into self-employment.

In order to achieve this, the programme envisages strengthening the range of training opportunities for professionals, supporting professional organisations, networking them and, thus, building bridges between formal and informal training. The activities are based on the dual vocational training system.

Target groups and geographical reach

The SQUAT project is aimed, on the one hand, at young men and women who have completed their training in the informal education sector or who have had to drop out at an early age and have subsequently received no support for integration into the world of work.

On the other hand, the project addresses professional associations, the private sector and public institutions active in the fields of training and integration.

The programme's activities are located in the South Department (Les Cayes), the Southeast Department (Jacmel) and the West Department (Port-au-Prince). It is aimed at around 10 000 people.

Expected outcomes

  • The training approach developed is gender-specific and is implemented by a pool of trainers and design engineers.
  • Professional organisations in the housing sector are organised, strengthened and managed in a transparent and integrative manner. They participate in the development of curricula and in the promotion of professional skills and disseminate best practices.
  • Dialogue mechanisms between technical and financial partners and government authorities contribute to coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the new VET Modernisation Act.

Expected results

  • Professionals in the construction sector increase their income by using the newly acquired knowledge and skills required by the labour market.
  • Organisations of construction experts influence vocational training policies and strategies.
  • Public and private actors work synergistically for sustainable development and management of technical and vocational education and training in Southern Haiti.

SQUAT Haiti

Project partner

  • Caritas

Project countries

  • Haiti

Project duration

2019 - 2023

Funding

  • SDC

Working area

Skills

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