Liechtenstein Development Service (LED)

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Manuel Frick (Deputy Director Department for Economy and Development, Special Division International Humanitarian Cooperation and Development, AAA) / DC dVET founding event, 14. April 2016 (only available in German).

The Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) carries out public development cooperation on behalf of the government of Liechtenstein. LED supports projects in ten focus countries in Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa in the areas of education and rural development. Important cross-sectional themes for the project work are human rights, social justice and gender equality, climate, environment and resource conservation. LED’s funds are mostly used for development projects with local partners in the south or with partner organisations from Europe. LED has coordination offices in Chişinău (Moldova), La Paz (Bolivia) and Harare (Zimbabwe).

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Vocational education and training has been a key issue for LED for many years. LED invests in vocational education and training because this makes it possible to bring about an effective and lasting improvement in the living conditions of young people and adults. They learn classic professions and practical skills, receive technical assistance to help them become independent and are accompanied on their chosen pathway. Around 50 percent of LED’s project funds were used for education in 2015, with approximately half of this amount used for vocational education and training.

LED and its partner organisations adapt the type of support to the specific needs of the local labour market and the existing vocational education and training system. Here the dual system is used as reference and as inspiration, in particular with regard to the quality of school and teaching staff, the practice orientation of the training programmes, the integration of the private sector and the promotion of cooperation between schools and companies.

Find out about specific project examples of LED in the area of vocational education and training:

Key documents

LED regularly publishes articles on the theme of vocational education and training, in particular in the magazine “Blickwechsel”. You can find a selection of these here (available only in German):

Find out about current projects of LED.

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