Thomas Greminger (Deputy Director & Head of Regional Cooperation Department, SDC) / DC dVET founding event, 14. April 2016 (only available in German).
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is the agency for international cooperation in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). It carries out the foreign policy of the Federal Council in the areas of humanitarian aid, development cooperation and cooperation with countries in the east. The strategic goals of SDC include preventing and overcoming crises, creating access to resources, promoting sustainable economic growth, supporting the transition to democratic, market-based systems and helping shape environmentally and socially compatible globalisation. Gender equality and good governance are important guidelines.
Vocational education and training can make a decisive contribution to help reduce poverty. The aim is to teach people the required qualifications so that they can take part in economic life, have new possibilities opening up for them and can find gainful employment. Here SDC concentrates on basic and vocational education and training because this makes a direct contribution to the reduction of poverty. In addition, SDC ensures that the vocational education and training offers it supports in the partner countries are available to all population groups, in particular the poorest and most vulnerable people.
Find out about the areas of focus and specific approaches of SDC in the area of vocational education and training:
- Vocational skills development: key to employment and income – insights into the SDC’s cooperation in VSD
- Employment and income: SDC’s medium term orientation 2015-2019
- Understanding and analysing vocational education and training systems – an introduction
- SDC’s vocational skills development activities: evaluation 2011 / 2012
- SDC guidelines for basic education and vocational skills development