Opportunity-driven Skills and VET in Africa (OP-VET)

The Transformational Potential:

  • To achieve a systemic and sustainable change with the potential for large-scale impact in the area of employment creation in support of investment and value chains development.
  • To strengthen human capital through VET and skills development so as to train young people in a way that responds to the opportunities of the labour market, starting from the concrete needs of the private sector and to improve local benefits.

The Team Europe Proposal:

1. A Technical Assistance (TA) facility (VET Toolbox III) to provide support to VET And skills development on demand:

  • Orient country level interventions towards inclusive opportunity-driven approaches for decent employment.
  • Address VET needs for local companies aiming at integrating their business into regional and global value chains.
  • Support interventions facilitating technology transfer. 
  • Enhance dialogue on employment-oriented interventions between private and public stakeholders.
  • Strengthen resilience and a socially just transition.

2. A platform enhancing partnerships and stimulating knowledge exchange within Africa and between Africa and the EU on strengthening public private partnership in VET to:

  • Scale up promising initiatives and develop new interventions.
  • Strengthen regional partnerships.
  • Capture lessons learned and Increase visibility for good practices.

3. Mobilization of forthcoming Erasmus+ partnerships to strengthen sharing of experiences on PPP in VET systems, tapping into the good experiences with this in Europe. 

The initiative will use a gender responsive lens and address marginalized groups (disabled, migrants, rural) for an inclusive and comprehensive approach to VET and skills development.

Team Europe members

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About Opportunity-driven Skills and VET in Africa (OP-VET)

Geographical area

Sub-Saharan Africa

Thematic priority

  • Sustainable growth and jobs
  • Human Development


  • Quality Education
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Partnerships to achieve the Goal