Eritrea Vocational Skills Training

Building upon a successful pilot phase (2017-2019), Switzerland will continue to contribute to two well established NGO-ted initiatives on technical and vocational education and training in Eritrea. The initiatives aim at improving the quality of teaching in targeted vocational skills institutions and testing the possibility of engaging in entrepreneurial activities. Ultimately the goal is to contribute to giving better life perspectives and job-opportunities to young Eritreans in their home country.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Formation professionelle
Emploi & développement économique
Formation professionnelle
Création d'emplois
Equipements scolaires et formation
Éducation des enseignants
01.09.2020 - 30.09.2024
CHF  4’250’000
Contexte The Eritrean economy is controlled by the state and the private sector is almost non-existent. The national service (military and civilian) keeps young people between 18 and 40 in —state attributed- employment with very little pay arid perspectives. This situation remains the main driver of asylum applications of young Eritreans in Europe, including in Switzerland. The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector suffers from many shortcomings: underqualified teachers, outdated teaching methods and material, insufficient teachlng infrastructure, inefficient strategic and institutional embedment, very limited outreach.
Objectifs  To contribute to better life perspectives and job-opportunities for young Eritreans in their home-country through supporting vocational skills and micro entrepreneurship initiatives.
Groupes cibles

Main target groups: the teachers and other staff of the targeted schools, the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers, the Department of TVET under the Ministry

Ultimate beneficiaries: learners in the TVE centers (about 1000 youth and 300 employed workers)

Effets à moyen terme

Outcome 1: The targeted training institutions deliver services of improved quality to their students.

Outcome 2: The trained young women and men improve their positions in employment, with some initiating entrepreneurial activities


Principaux résultats attendus:   Revision of curricula, development of learning modules for soft skills (such as entrepreneurial skills), rehabilitation of learning infrastructure, equipping young graduates with a kit (basic tools, microcredits) to start up their entrepreneurial activities; about 1000 youth and 3000 employed workers benefitting from teaching of increased quality.

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

- about 2,000 young people benefited from improved training in the formal TVET centers receiving technical assistance by the partners;

- Switzerland acquired a better understanding of the local situation, access to government offices, as well as a basis of trust for further collaboration

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
ONG internationale ou étrangère
Secteur privé
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • Other international or foreign NGO North
  • Autre organisation suisse non-profit
  • Secteur privé suisse

Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs National Confederation of Eritrean Workers; Ministry of Education/ Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training; UNDP Eritrea Vocational Skills Training Programme (currently on hold), potentially new activities financed by the SEM
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    4’250’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    2’808’446
Phases du projet Phase 2 01.09.2020 - 30.09.2024   (Phase en cours) Phase 1 01.10.2017 - 30.04.2021   (Completed)