Skills Initiative for Africa

Governmental Subsidies for Vocational Training in Africa

Under the “Skills Initiative for Africa” the African Union in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) financially supports innovative vocational training initiatives undertaken by international companies and associations.

German Federal Minister Dr. Gerd Müller and the President of the African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, jointly founded the “Skills Initiative for Africa“. It is the declared objective to ameliorate employment opportunities and perspectives for the young population in Africa. Therefore, this program supports initiatives for practically-oriented education and training. Key aspects are the improvement of education quality, close cooperation with the private sector and the integration of innovative features. The pilot countries of the program include: Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Tunisia, and South Africa.

International companies and associations with a presence in Africa may be granted between EUR 1 million and EUR 1.5 million as a financial grant. Institutions can apply for funding if they do offer vocational education and training programs beyond their own staff needs for skilled workers in order to contribute to the accomplishment of the national vocational education objectives of the pilot countries. A special focus shall be put on the support of young women. Detailed project proposals can be submitted until July 31, 2017 (deadline).

The subsidies can be applied to the construction, rehabilitation, expansion and technical/ didactical equipment of skills development facilities, scholarship programs and for the education and training of trainers and / or teachers. 30% of the respective project volume have to be borne by the applying company or association.

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A program by
African Union Commission (AUC)
Implemented by NEPAD


with support from
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany


KfW Development Bank