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Digital TVET Tender

More vocational training through infrastructure projects

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Around the globe, digitalisation and automation entail opportunities but also risks for the world of work – there is therefore a need for training courses to be adapted and updated to meet the work needs of tomorrow’s world.

At the 49th Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in May 2016, Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, and Takehiko Nakao, President of the ADB, signed a joint declaration of intent: in future, vocational training components are to be integrated into infrastructure projects under the initiative Digital TVET Tender. At the same time, the development banks are to use infrastructure projects as a means to promote vocational training.

The intention is that the initiative will thus establish a counter-model to infrastructure projects that are realised without any local participation.

Digital platform

Part of the Digital TVET Tender initiative is a data portal jointly operated by the ADB and the BMZ. This digital platform can be used to observe the development of the world of work in real time, to develop suitable training profiles and projects, and to strengthen global cooperation in the field of vocational training.

The platform can help in particular with

  1. ​Gaining a better insight into the actual situation on the labour and training markets in partner countries
  2. ​Carrying out cost-benefit analyses of national economies
  3. ​Data-based decision-making
  4. ​Systematic monitoring
  5. ​Proper quality control
  6. ​Planning follow-up projects

In order to develop this idea further, meetings and workshops with the BMZ, the implementing organisations DEG, KfW and GIZ and the European Representative Office of the ADB took place in autumn 2016.

A prototype digital portal was presented in Manila at the beginning of October. The BMZ and the ADB agreed to launch a pilot project in two or three Asian countries. The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the World Bank have also expressed an interest in the new idea; the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has already joined the initiative.


Opportunities for new partnerships

In 2017, the year of the German G20 presidency, the initiative represents a great opportunity to conclude new strategic partnerships with G20 members, the private sector – for example, major software companies – and civil society.

Via the initiative the BMZ can make available German expertise on the topic of vocational training, a field in which there is strong international demand. Furthermore, the Ministry can do justice to its responsibilities as an experienced actor in international cooperation – for example, in the context of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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