BackgroundThe Skills for Trade and Economic Diversification (STED) capacity building workshop was organized for key labour market actors from 5 countries (Eswatini, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar) within the framework of the SIFA-Skills Anticipation Project. The Skills Initiative for Africa (SIFA), a Programme of the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Union Development Agency (AUDANEPAD) supported by the German Government and European Union seeks to contribute toward the AU’s agenda for a more prosperous Africa whose development is “people-driven, relying on the potential of African people”. Under the EU funded SIFA component on Skills for Youth Employability (SYEP), the AU and AUDA-NEPAD is collaborating with the ILO to implement skills anticipation capacity development interventions for selected AU Member States.
The face-to-face training which involved 35 participants (members of recently established National Task Teams on Skills Anticipation in respective countries) is a crucial part of the implementation of the STED methodology in the countries supported by the SIFA-Skills Anticipation project component. It aimed to support the key labour market actors from respective countries to acquire in depth understanding of how to apply the STED methodology to better anticipate skills needs in priority sectors that have the potential to increase decent employment opportunities and trade which can contribute to economic growth and diversification. The ILO introduced the STED process to contribute to aligning skills development with policies on trade, economic diversification and industrial development, and to support systems change and capacity building in skills development systems.
Workshop structureThe first two days focused on learning theoretical contents about STED rationale, different STED processes, practical issues, structures and governance as well as six stages of the STED diagnostic framework through the presentations by the training facilitators with small group exercises. Once the participants acquired a good knowledge of the STED approach, the second two days were dedicated to run the mock session of the STED Technical & Policy Foresight Workshop which is the centrepiece of the Rapid STED diagnostic phase. This simulation provided the participants an opportunity to have learning-by-doing experience on STED approach which will be crucial for applying the method in each country. The last day programme started with the presentation of the STED RBM and M&E framework and followed by discussions on how to implement the STED approach in their respective countries in the context of SIFA project and on how to institutionalize skills anticipation and STED beyond the project. The sessions of the capacity building workshop were organized as following:
- Session 1: Rationale for STED
- Session 2: STED Process and practical issues
- Session 3: STED Structures and governance
- Session 4: STED Diagnostic framework (in three parts)
- Session 5: STED Technical & Policy Workshop (simulation of 2 days)
- Session 6: STED RBM and ME framework