Training of Trainers and handbook validation on Core Skills in Agro-processing in Ethiopia

News | 21 February 2022
ADDIS ABABA (ILO News) – Core skills training has paramount importance in preparing individuals with relevant labour market skills and competencies. The ILO ProAgro project with financial support from BMZ is conducting a five-day Training of Trainers (ToT) with the objective to support and ensure enhanced quality and more demand oriented Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) to increase employability and job prospects in the agro-processing sector in Ethiopia.

The ToT is taking place from 21 – 25 February 2022 at Elilly International Hotel, Addis Ababa. A total of 30 trainers and experts from training institutions, employment services centres, and regional bureaus from Amhara and Sidama regions and experts from the Ministry of Labour and Skills (MoLS) are attending the ToT. The ToT has the following two objectives (1) To provide training and validate the content and methodology of the Core Skills Trainers’ Handbook developed by the ProAgro project and (2) To develop action plan to further cascade the Core Skills Training for job seekers in Amhara and Sidama regions.

At the opening session of the ToT Ruchika Bahl, Project Manager of the ILO ProAgro Project stated, “ILO organized this ToT to build the capacity of trainers on core skills in the Agro-Processing sector to enhance employability; to develop an action plan to cascade the training; and to validate the Core Skills Training handbook.” 

ProAgro project is an ILO programme designed within the framework of the BMZ’s Special Initiative on training and job creation that puts forth an integrated strategy, combining policy support, skills development, value chain development and entrepreneurship training in the agro-processing sector. The ProAgro Ethiopia project focuses on Fruit and Vegetables, Poultry, and Edible Oils sub sectors to create more and better jobs in the agro-processing sector to improve working conditions and promote sustainable economic growth in Amhara and Sidama regions for a period of four years, i.e. 2020 - 2024.
  Alemtsehay Dersolign, Director, Innovation Jobs and Projects, Ministry of Labour and Skills said “it is crucial to have the required core skills, e.g. communication and teamwork skills additional to the required technical skills in the agro-processing sector. This sector specific ToT organized by the ILO will build the capacity of Trainers from Amhara and Sidama regions to help them build core skills at workplaces that is going to benefit both the employees and employers”.

Weak or insufficient practical orientation on the Agro-processing sector and the weak hands-on competence among many of TVET trainers have contributed to the low quality of trainings. The ILO ProAgro project has developed a core skills trainees and trainers handbook to help prepare trainers and experts with relevant labour market skills and competencies. Participants of the ToT will provide training for job seekers including employees working within the Agro-Industrial parks and outside the parks in the two regions.

About Core Skills for the Agro-Processing Sector in Ethiopia Trainers’ Handbook

The Rapid Skills Assessment (RSA) in the agro-processing sector during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ethiopia has shown that despite expansion in access to education and training, enterprises in the agro-processing sector struggle to find a suitable workforce with the appropriate technical and core work skills. The weak linkage between education and industry has resulted in poor work-based learnings and weak apprenticeship and internship programmes for trainees. Development of a Core Skills Programme for the Agro-Processing Sector in Ethiopia with the introduction of formal pre-employment training in core employability skills is one of the key recommendations of RSA. Therefore, in response to the RSA recommendation, the core skills training handbook for the agro-processing sector in Ethiopia has been developed.

The handbook draws on the ILO international core skills framework and the ILO prevocational core skills programme for the agro-processing sector in Ethiopia, focusing on Fruits and vegetables, poultry and edible oil sub sectors. The handbook will incorporate inputs from the validation and soon be published for dissemination.