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Our Expertise and Services: Skills Development and Education

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Many developing countries grapple with high illiteracy, the performance of the vocational training and education sector and high unemployment. Helvetas supports access to quality basic education for children and to vocational skills training for young women and men.

Why skills development and education matter

Education is a key factor for improved access to employment and income. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 therefore focuses on access to quality education. More than 90% of children in developing countries are enrolled in primary school, but the quality of basic education is often low.

Access to vocational training and the world of work are just as important. SDG 8 links skills development to jobs and economic growth. One out of seven youth is unemployed. Ensuring that young people have access to high-quality, professional education is an indispensable element of poverty eradication. Young people with career prospects are less prone to commit violence. 

What we do

Helvetas helps to improve access to and quality of basic education through teacher training and second chance programs for out-of-school children.

Helvetas supports demand-oriented, practical vocational skills training that leads to gainful self-employment or wage employment and improved livelihoods of disadvantaged youth.

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What we offer

  • Long-standing experience in the skills development and education sector
  • Expertise in VET system development, dual VET and work-based learning as well as VET and cooperation with the private sector
  • Design, planning and implementation of VET interventions including feasibility studies, assessments, monitoring and evaluation as well as tracer studies and capitalization of experiences
  • Labor market-oriented trainings that contribute to labor market insertion of youth
  • Support in developing results-based financing of training
  • Training, coaching and education of teachers and trainers in learner-centered didactic approaches
  • Second chance programs for out-of-school children
  • Geographical coverage: Our advisors in partner countries and at the head office of Helvetas provide thematic support to projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America

Contact our team

Our multilingual advisory team offers wide-ranging thematic expertise and has in-depth experience in navigating complex processes. Helvetas’ work builds on over 60 years of experience in more than 30 countries.

Contact our skills development and education experts

Selected projects

Helvetas develops and guides projects. To be sustainable, they must be locally embedded. We support our partners in effectively organizing projects and processes and assist local authorities to better assume their responsibilities.

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Mozambique Skills Development and Education

Training for the Real Working World

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Bhutan Skills Development and Education

Building Trades with a Future for Young Men and Women

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Kosovo Skills Development and Education

Jobs for Young People

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Benin Skills Development and Education

Making Up Lost Years of School

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Ethiopia Skills Development and Education

Know-How and Skills for Young Tradespeople

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Nepal Skills Development and Education

Safer Houses, and Skills for Future Employment

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Kyrgyzstan Skills Development and Education

Green Skills Training in Rural Areas Project

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Kosovo Skills Development and Education

Matching Skills with Demand in the Labor Market

Macedonia Skills Development and Education

Market-Oriented Education for a Prosperous Society

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Kyrgyzstan Skills Development and Education

Providing the Local Industry With Professionals

Vietnam Partnership and Capacity Development

Value Chain Capacity Building Network

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India Environment and Climate Change

Strengthening State Strategies for Climate Actions

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Bhutan Skills Development and Education

Skilling the Bhutanese youth for the construction market

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Knowledge and Learning

Building the capacities of staff and partners to effectively share what they know, to learn together and create effective solutions is crucial to our success.

Gender and Social Equity

Helvetas makes sure that our work actively and meaningfully includes and supports the most disadvantaged groups.

Partnership and Capacity Development

Sustainable change must be owned by national actors. Working in partnerships is a fundamental principle of Helvetas’ work.