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Promotion of Youth Employability in Palestinian Territories

Co-Financed Cooperation Project with GIZ and EU

Regional Vocational Centers (Centers of Competence)




The German programme for promotion of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Labour Market (LM) in the Palestinian Territories has realized a series of substantial outcomes since its inception in 2004. After two phases, the programme was ready for up-scaling its activities to implement the TVET and Labour Market Strategies with the involvement of other donors. The EU agreed to be involved in the third phase of the programme (09/2011- 09/2015) and in May 2012 the SDC decided to contribute to a joint programme with the GIZ and the EU. The overall programme is designed to tackle the key problems that the TVET system is not able to offer attractive demand-oriented training, enterprises do not find adequately qualified staff, and individuals have a hard time reaching and maintaining employability and positioning themselves actively on the labour market.



The objective of the Swiss contribution is to qualitatively upgrade existing TVET institutions (Technical Colleges, ISS, and private institutions) to help improve employability of youths and unemployed.

Currently, most TVET institutions offer trainings for a range of professions, but not all of them are relevant for the region it operates in. Offering a variety of trainings entails quality constraints. Therefore, the Swiss contribution intends to transform existing TVET institutions into Regional Vocational Centers as “Centers of Competence”, meaning they are highly specialized in one specific field or family of professions relevant for the region. The Centers will function as a regional source of assistance, where training opportunities and services are available for other TVET institutions and private sector actors in the area as well as for the relevant Ministries. Up to date training of teachers from all over the West Bank in the specialized fields will be another contribution on national level.



The program will operate over three years: First, several institutions are selected and invited to apply in a competitive procedure for being upgraded. Once the first institutions of this pilot phase haven been transformed, the results will be evaluated in order to develop a model concept of how to successfully transform a TVET institution into an RVC. This concept shall then be mainstreamed and disseminated on the national level by the responsible ministries.

The planned measures for the transformation of the institutions include capacity development, scaling up of physical equipment, and the support of permeability between different educational levels in TVET and academic streams, which will allow students to go from one level to the next higher. A close cooperation with the private sector is a must to meet the labour markets demands. Students should be trained partially in companies (e.g. internships) and by sending specialists from the enterprises to Centers of Competence.


Target group:

The main target group of the Swiss contribution are the students (females and males) receiving up to date and labour market relevant training in pilot RVCs and other TVET institutions that are benefiting from services of RVC, i.e. young people between 15 to 30 years in West Bank. Another target group are employees or private sector actors receiving services by the RVC centers. The direct target group of the intervention is the TVET institutions that are upgrading to RVC’s.

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