Tunisian-German cooperation in vocational training for employability of graduates

A new project of German cooperation with Tunisia is helping the Tunisian partners to further develop vocational training in the textile, plastics and hotel sectors, which is more practice-oriented through cooperation with enterprises, thus improving the employability of graduates.

 The new project “Inter-company Training in Cooperation with the Private Sector” (FIESP), together with its Tunisian partners, organized a three-day Planning Workshop to promote its commitment and concrete measures to develop inter-company vocational training in Tunisia, a GIZ press statement reads.

“Vocational training is an important element in our efforts to promote the employability of young people in Tunisia in particular and to closely coordinate the needs of companies for their new employees,” says Dieter Bräuer, project manager at the  German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ), describing the orientation of the project.

Integrated companies as “training companies”

Until 2023, the project, financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), will focus on the three sectors of the textile industry, plastics processing and the hotel/tourism industry. It is planned to establish and support training centres in several regions of the country, the statement notes.

Particular emphasis will be placed on close cooperation between training centres run by public institutions and industrial enterprises in the respective sectors. The content and methods of training must be modernised and adapted to the realities of the enterprises. At the same time, enterprises will be integrated as trainers and enable apprentices to gain practical experience in their companies.

Improving the employability of young graduates

“Participating companies benefit from this innovative and practical training by already being able to integrate their training requirements for potential future employees into the teaching process,” explains Dieter Bräuer. “In this way, we want to help improve the employability of young graduates and, together with them, also strengthen the competitiveness of companies.

The first product of this new cooperation, supported by the FIESP project, will be a new inter-company training centre for the textile industry in Bizerte, with a cluster of 38 companies based in the El Alia region (Bizerte) generating 18,000 jobs.  This innovative centre is based on a partnership agreement between the Tunisian Textile and Clothing Association of the Bizerte region and the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, on the occasion of his visit in October 2018, The GIZ statement adds.


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