Public-Private Development Partnerships in Industrial Skills Development Joining forces for demand-driven skills development


1. The market for industrial skills

2. Joining forces to catalyse systemic change

3. Five key messages from the workshop

4. Dakar Declaration

1. The market for industrial skills

With around one third of the world’s 1.8 billion young people neither in employment, education, or training, youth unemployment is one of the most pressing global issues in the 21st century. One of the main reasons for high youth unemployment in many developing countries and countries in transition is the mismatch between the supply (skills acquired at school) and demand (skills required by the labour market) of industrial skills. With the advent of the industry 4.0 and the emergence of new job profiles, this situation is subject to increased risks. Public-Private Development Partnerships (PPDPs) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) serve as promising modalities to address this market constraint by aligning industrial skills development to the needs of the industry and the labour market, ultimately fostering youth employment.

“We have only few resources available from official development assistance and the issues to address are vast. We need to use our resources in a catalytic manner and facilitate the engagement with the private sector to leverage resources for the implementation of Agenda 2030

Ms. Lollo Darin, SIDA

2. Joining forces to catalyse systemic change

During 12-14th November, 2019, UNIDO’s Learning and Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) and the VET Toolbox/LuxDev jointly organised a national workshop on PPDP in the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector in Senegal, as well as the annual LKDF meeting. The initiative stemmed from an explicit request of the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training and Craft and the Ministry of Industrial Development and Small and Medium-sized Industries of Senegal. Over 100 participants from the private, public, and development sectors across diverse industries and regions gathered in the spirit of increased collaboration to strengthen the quality and relevance of vocational training.

The organization of this workshop is important, as it creates an opportunity for all stakeholders to exchange. We need to create synergies with all these stakeholders in order to implement the national TVET policy and adapt it to local contexts

Mr. Dame Diop, Minister of Industrial Development and Small and Medium-sized Industries of Senegal

3. Five key messages from the workshop

Through interactive sessions, participants jointly reflected on lessons learned from Senegalese and international TVET PPDP and PPP initiatives and shared insights on the future of skills. Here are the key messages we took home:

1. Demand-driven industrial skills is of utmost importance for inclusive economic growth

Industries in Senegal and other developing countries are developing at a fast pace and there is an acute need for demand-driven industrial skills. Vocational education and training has an important role to play in meeting this demand and creating jobs.

Mr. Zaccharia Sall, Centre National de Qualification Professionnelle (CNOP): “As a TVET institution, our focus is not on providing diplomas but on meeting demands of the industry and the labour market and ensuring young people have jobs”

2. Replicate good practices

The workshop showcased successful examples of PPDPs and PPPs in the TVET sector, both within Senegal and globally. Good practices should be replicated. Existing partnerships should be strengthened and new types of partnerships explored. Training offers should be diversified.

We need to find solutions for more innovative partnerships in the field of vocational education and training. This event’s objective is to discover experiences that are inspirational and can help us better understand other stakeholders. There is no need to reinvent the wheel

Ms. Nicole Bintner-Bakshian, Ambassador of Luxembourg to Senegal

As a European Partnership, the VET Toolbox believes these collaborations are crucial tackling the VET challenges of today and the future

Ms. Bartelijne van den Boogert, VET Toolbox

3. Reinforce the many already existing good practices

Initiatives, such as UNIDO’s LKDF and VET Toolbox are established to help countries address market constraints in vocational education and training. Take full advantage of the tools and resources curated by them.

4. Keep pace with innovations

The world is changing quickly. With the advent of industry 4.0, new skills are demanded by industry and the labour market. The educational sector must also innovate to keep pace. Speed and agility are the key features.

It’s clear that new jobs are emerging but there also changes to existing jobs. For example, softer skills, such as problem-solving and critical thinking are needed, which were not as crucial in the past. The impact is not limited to certain functions but are organizational- and value-chain wide

Mr. Desiré Cedric, Bühler Group

During the workshop, UNIDO’s LKDF launched an innovative curated platform - a collection of learning materials created by LKDF partners on 6 future industrial skills - with a goal to introduce the skills that are making the smart factory a reality today, and to help grow the smart workforce that is the reality of tomorrow.

ms. Elfi Klumpp, Festo: “Digitalization can help countries to leapfrog years. We can use tools, such as the curated platform we have developed among the LKDF partners, to offer demand-driven training to a wide audience across the world”

5. Partnership for the wins

Many entities are challenged with the same problems. We should work together to solve those. This interactive workshop itself served as an insight into the effectiveness of working together and witnessed of development of new PPDPs and PPPs as well as a number of new twinning and partnering opportunities.

Inclusive governance should be the backbone of vocational training, as a means to deliver skills programmes that meet the needs of the private sector. I congratulate UNIDO and VET toolbox who have been cooperating for a number of years for this cause.

Ms. Irene Mingasson, Ambassador of EU to Senegal

PPP at the level of public vocational training centers do include considerable autonomy on the administrative, financial and pedagogical level. Sector vocational training centers like CFMPL and CSFP, run by private companies, are inspiring examples given their high number of insertion rates of pupils.

Mr. Alexis Hoyaux, LUXDEV

This is a perfect example of when 1 + 1 becomes 3. The joining of forces between UNIDO’s LKDF and the VET Toolbox has brought together a whole range of partners who have been cross-fertilising and discussing about the demand driven skills of today and of the future

Ms. Virpi Stucki, UNIDO

4. Dakar Declaration

Aside from the key messages we took home, the workshop culminated in the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training and Crafts (MDIPMI) and the Ministry of Industrial Development and Small and Medium-sized Industries (MEFPA) agreeing on Dakar Declaration - an expression of determination that the two ministries will be working together in the skills development domain with an emphasis on collaboration with the private sector.

Mr. Adama B.R. Ndiaye, Secretary General, MDIPMI: "Without vocational training adapted to the needs of the industry, we cannot talk about industrial development"

Mr. Mouhamadou M. Thioune, Secretary General, MEFPA: "We are convinced that this workshop will have a follow-up because it has already been a forum for important exchanges between the different actors"

If you have inputs, feedback or any other information to share in this regard, please send an email to:

Virpi Stucki, UNIDO Industrial Development Officer: lkd-facility@unido.org

Bartelijne van den Boogert, VET Toolbox Team Leader: bartelijne.vandenboogert@vettoolbox.eu

Alexis Hoyaux, LuxDev VET Expert: hoyaux@luxdev.lu

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Chie Matsumoto