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Capacity Building in Zambia Completed

Capacity Building project in Zambia completed


The Capacity Building in Zambia project has been funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT); conceptualized by DFAT, SkillsDMC and the Technical Education, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Training Authority (TEVETA) in Zambia; and delivered by SkillsDMC between March 2015 and November 2016.

The main aim of the project was to build the capacity of TEVETA to reform the national Vocational Education and Training system moving toward a competency-based model aligned to the Mining and Civil Construction Industry’s needs. Through the engagement with industry key stakeholders, SkillsDMC and TEVETA have developed local skills competency frameworks to ensure local workforces can operate safely and productively according to industry expectations.

One of the tangible outcomes of the project has been the development of 60 Units of Competencies and 20 Assessment Toolkits. TEVETA has been able to apply the resources and methodology we helped to develop for the mining context across different industrial sectors.

SkillsDMC staff worked in close collaboration with TEVETA through a series of in-country visits and workshops adopting a “shared lead approach”. SkillsDMC support has been progressively reduced during the course of the project to ensure that at the end TEVETA staff has full capacity to, identify industry stakeholders and their skilling requirements and independently develop and validate competency standards and assessment tools for the future.

Thanks to SkillsDMC experience in engaging with Industry, the feedback received by the Zambian Industry stakeholders was completely positive. The SAG concluded that the outcomes of the project fit exactly with what industry expect from workforces and that industry stakeholders will be able to implement the competencies developed by TEVETA and look forward to continuing the collaboration with TEVETA beyond this project.

The second part of the trip was dedicated to the Regional Collaboration workshop attended by TVET authority’s representatives from Tanzania, Mozambique, and Zambia. SkillsDMC role consisted in facilitating the networking and collaboration process to build harmonized competency frameworks across the three countries.

More details about the Zambia Capacity Building case study and a testimonial written by the General Director of TEVETA can be accessed here.

Video Testimonial about the project can be accessed here.