The members of the Donor Committee have a long tradition with (dual) VET projects and programmes in the countries of Eastern Europe and, more recently, also in the South Caucasus. Furthermore, in these countries national VET reforms are high on their political agendas since several years. Questions and concepts on how VET systems can be made more labour market relevant and attractive for young people are of particular interest. Against this background, the Donor Committee would like together with you to identify synergies between the members and make it possible to use these. The objectives of the exchange are:

  • to show the experiences and best practices of the members,
  • to mutually discuss specific questions and challenges arising from project implementation and
  • to identify and plan specific forms of exchange and cooperation.

With regards to content, we would like to follow up on the discussions during the DC dVET expert meeting on the 14 April 2016 in Lucerne. The following two topics are in the foreground:

  • Shared responsibility between the state and private sector: What is needed for the shared responsibility to become effective? On what terms and conditions is the state willing to accept the private sector as equal partner? Under which conditions is the private sector ready to act as an active partner? How can the partnership be achieved?
  • Challenges and experiences with dual system reforms: How can project interventions be anchored so they continue after the end of the project? Which legal and social framework conditions are required and how can be ensured that they are implemented? How can a project be effective beyond its direct intervention areas and e.g. expand to other trades or regions?

The exchange shall bring a concrete benefit to work of the members in the partner countries. The concrete themes and modalities of implementation shall be geared towards needs in the partner countries and will be coordinated with the respective representations. The exchange shall be initiated through a common workshop (1.5 – 2 days) in June 2017 in one of the participating countries.