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.