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.

Lobby for Skills

In the framework of Dialogue and Dissent, Edukans is lobbying for access to skills for smallholder farmers within Strategic Partnership Civic Engagement Alliance. Access to the right knowledge and expertise is key to improve the productivity and organisational capacity of smallholder farmers. More on the Civic Engagement Alliance: https://civicengagementalliance.org/. 



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!