Core area "Training and sustainable growth for decent jobs" Creating training opportunities and jobs for young people

The programme of Togolese-German development cooperation is intended to provide quality, relevant vocational training for young people and to make the country more attractive for private investors.

Vocational students enrolled in a motor vehicle mechanics course at a vocational school in Sokodé, Togo, are repairing a motorcycle.

Vocational students enrolled in a motor vehicle mechanics course at a vocational school in Sokodé, Togo, are repairing a motorcycle.

Vocational students enrolled in a motor vehicle mechanics course at a vocational school in Sokodé, Togo, are repairing a motorcycle.

Efforts for the improvement of training and support for enterprises and value chain development have already been part of Germany's development cooperation with Togo for several years. In these projects, the agricultural sector has always played a significant role because of its importance for the economy. The two sides are planning to deepen and expand this cooperation under the reform partnership they have agreed.

Areas of intervention

Technical and vocational education and training

In order to improve the quality and relevance of vocational training, Germany has worked with Togo's associations and chambers of skilled trades to set up a dual (school-based and industry-based) vocational training system. At present, there are six cities in Togo where people can choose between five different skilled trades for which they can train in a combination of vocational school classes and in-house training in businesses. The BMZ is assisting policymakers and private-sector players in developing further training programmes in line with labour market needs and in providing them with sufficient and transparent funding.

Germany has helped Togo to renovate and expand seven vocational training centres and to equip them with modern tools and machinery. Germany has also provided funding for teacher training. In the new Adetikopé industrial zone near the capital, Lomé, support is being provided to a training centre that focuses on textile production and on the processing of agricultural goods.

Support for business start-ups

Training is being provided to young people who wish to start their own business or improve the management of a business they already have. There is a special focus on the needs of young women and men who have little or no schooling, and on persons with physical disabilities. Togo's job placement agency is being assisted in improving its activities on careers information and guidance.