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Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), people with a vocational education background are most at risk of poverty and social exclusion. As BiH’s technical vocational education and training system (TVET) is neither competence-oriented nor demand driven, TVET students do not acquire the skills required by the labour market. TVET education is still focused on theoretical education mainly. Companies rarely provide opportunities for practical training and are barely involved in the development of occupational standards. This results in high youth unemployment, which significantly contributes to emigration with an estimated 50.000 BiH citizens leaving the country annually.

Strategic Domain:
Economy and Employment
Youth employment
Strategic partner:
Ministry of Education of RS, Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH
Project implemented in:
Republika Srpska, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia –Podrinje Canton, Sarajevo Canton
Municipalities (4):
Prijedor, Gradiška, Goražde, Centar Sarajevo

The main objective of this project is that young women and men in selected regions benefit from an institutionalized dual oriented TVET system allowing them to find attractive and decent jobs in BiH. The project will enhance the employability of young people by improving BiH’s TVET. This will be achieved by ensuring that practical training is conducted on the job and that collaboration amongst employers, TVET schools and education authorities is institutionalized and anchored in the regulatory framework. TVET students will acquire labour market relevant skills that will allow them to find a decent job.