VET Toolbox is a partnership of leading European development agencies, including the British Council (UK), Enabel (Belgium), Expertise France (France), GIZ (Germany), LuxDev (Luxembourg) and AFD (France). The project is co-funded by the European Union and by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
VET Toolbox aims to support partner countries in the design of national Vocational Education and Training (VET) and employment strategies, and at strengthening their VET service delivery systems.
The current VET Toolbox programme began in September 2020 and is focussed on enhancing the delivery of demand-driven skills development and VET to cater for investment needs in 11 selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, with the British Council delivering the programme in Ghana and Malawi.
In Ghana, the Agricultural Skills Enhancement Programme is supporting skills development in the agriculture sector in the Northern, North-East and Savannah regions. The programme is piloting new approaches, building the capacity of relevant organisations and establishing engagement models to help ensure that training institutes can equip trainees with the skills that agricultural employers need. The programme’s key partners include the Savannah Zone Agricultural Productivity Improvement Project (SAPIP), the Commission for Technical Vocational Education and Training (CTVET), Ghana TVET Service, the Agriculture Sector Skill Body (ASSB) and selected vocational training institutes.
The project aims to provide practical training in tractor mechanisation to 400 people and of this number, the aim is for 280 people to find decent jobs and for the remaining 120 people to receive support to go into entrepreneurship. Training in soft skills such as farm management, bookkeeping, records management, and selling skills will also be provided to the farmers.