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Vocational Education

Edukans has developed EDUworks. This comprehensive approach sustainably links youth, training institutes and business to ensure employment and economic development.

Triangle for employment, empowerment and economic development

Economic development is intrinsically linked to employment and a well-trained, empowered workforce. Businesses need skilled personnel, young future labour force (youth) need good education and opportunities to gain practical experience, and training institutes need to adapt to labour market demands in order to stay relevant and help youth into employment.

Disconnected triangle

However, in many developing countries the corners of triangle for youth employment and economic development is not connected. Training programmes do not match labour market demands, youth do not acquire the necessary skills and job training and therefore business cannot find the right personnel. This is the so-called skills gap. Disconnection leads to high (youth) unemployment rates.

Closing the skills gap

Key to closing this skills gap is (re)connecting the triangle. Edukans does exactly that; our EDUworks approach, engages all stakeholders of the triangle: training institutes, trainees and employers/entrepreneurs. Based on that, we developed the 7-steps to WORK to guide our work. We build on the knowledge and experience from our Learn4Work Programme (2008-2018).

Ideally, Edukans starts with an EDUworks assessment to identify the actual skills gap. In 7-steps we take this analyses from labour market research to accurate job profiles and matching curricula. We develop lessons, train the trainers and track the results, so we can continuously innovate and reach out. If necessary we take up an active role as trainer (of youth and/or master), or temporary labour market mediator. We aim to operate on a sector or branch level, so we can upscale and root our approach to the benefit of many more labour market stakeholders.

How we work

With over 12 years of experience, we built a solid theory of change that is guiding our work on quality vocational training.

Our goal? In 2020 15,000 youth jobs secured by training 20,000 young African people in market relevant skills!


Lobby for Skills

To strengthen the position of small farmers organizations


Poverty is usually highest in rural areas. Young small farmers do not find a way to raise their  with local or regional duty-bearers to raise their issues or to hold government accountable.

Rural small farmer representatives often do not get access to the negotiation table with duty-bearers and are not listened to. This should change in order for the small farmers to have a better quality of life.


In the Civic Engagement Alliance (www.civicengagementalliance.org), Edukans together with 6 other partners implemented a 5-years program to strengthen the position of  small farmers (organizations) so they could lobby at skills dialogue platforms, to get  support from the duty-bearers. With success!


Edukans developed the following successful method:

Would you like to know more?

Please view this video about the Civic Alliance Engagement project:

Looking for partners

Edukans is looking for partners to roll-out this proven method for other small holder farmers’organizations in countries in the global south  in order to improve their lives and the lives of their families in many ways.

Please send an e-mail: b.cerfontaine@edukans.nl and we can see how we can jointly roll-out a project.