First african forum of vocational training

Workshop 2
Training-Employment Suitability: Tools and Approaches


21-22 DEC


During the workshop ” Training-employment suitability: Tools and Approaches“, the speakers will discuss this issue; they will present the experiments carried out in their respective countries, the lessons learnt and the perspectives. A number of additional questions will be brought in throughout the workshop to further enrich the interactions between the representatives of the different countries and will consequently make it possible to issue recommendations for action.

The aim is to initiate reflection on the re-engineering of the vocational training system by highlighting:

  • Tools and approaches to anticipate skills needs in different countries to better understand the needs of the labor market;
  • Approaches to developing skills-based training programs, so as to better adapt them to the needs of professionals and the realities of professional contexts;
  • The process of evaluating training and recognizing skills and qualifications involving different stakeholders;
  • Mechanisms and tools favoring the companies’ increased involvement in the implementation and management of training schemes.


This topic will be tackled through the following main lines of reflection as main centerpieces for debate:

  1. The responsiveness and flexibility of the vocational training system in the context of changes in qualifications and in the economic fabric :
    • What are the components and architecture of the planning system?
    • What approaches and tools for identifying social and economic demand at national and regional level would be most relevant to allow for the responsiveness and anticipation needed to meet this demand?
    • What are the prerequisites for setting up this planning system?
  2. To increase the effectiveness of the results of the vocational training system and increase its responsiveness to socio-economic needs, the adoption of a skills-based approach remains an unavoidable choice:
    • Should a reference framework be developed as a tool for the development and implementation of training programs based on a competency-based approach (CBA)?
    • To what extent will the integration of soft skills in training boost employability?
    • What are the most appropriate training engineering process management models to ensure that all stakeholders share a common interest?
    • What are the best practices for evaluating training and recognizing skills and qualifications?
  3. The role of vocational training can only be achieved effectively through a close collaboration with professionals and the effective and real involvement of the enterprise in the training process:
    • What role can companies play in the training and management engineering process?
    • How could the development of training in the workplace provide a targeted training offer?
    • What measures should be put in place to encourage companies to invest in upgrading employees’ skills, to adapt them more to technological developments and to cope with the major fluctuations experienced by the labor market?


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