Australia and ILO announce new programme of training support to Secretariat of State for Vocational Training and Employment (SEPFOPE) of Timor-Leste

Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste Miles Armitage, and Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment Policy, Ilidio Ximenes, today (16/7) formally launched a new program of support to the skills and training sector.

Press release | Dili, Timor-Leste | 16 July 2013
DILI (Joint Press Release): Australian Ambassador to Timor-Leste Miles Armitage, and Secretary of State for Vocational Training and Employment Policy, Ilidio Ximenes, today (16/7) formally launched a new program of support to the skills and training sector.

The Training and Employment Support Program (TESP) is a $12.2m, two year program of support that focuses on providing Timorese with the skills they need to find jobs. TESP is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO), and focuses on ensuring all Timorese have access to a quality training system that provides them with the training they need to participate in employment.

The Australian Ambassador Mr Armitage noted that “the Training Employment Support Program represents a new phase of Australian support to the training and skills sector. Australia is proud to continue to support to the Government of Timor-Leste, and assist in the development of stronger linkages between training and employment.”

Secretary of State Ximenes emphasized this new program would be instrumental in building a system of quality training providers that could provide opportunities for Timorese people across the country, in every district. The secretary noted he looked forward to continuing to work with the Australian Government in the training, skills and employment sector in coming years.

TESP builds upon the previous highly successful Youth Employment Promotion Program, also supported by AusAID and implemented by the ILO. Since then, around 5,000 young people have participated in a range of skills development programs supported by Australia, making them better prepared to find jobs and support their families.

For further information, please contact
Ms. Lynne Butler
Chief Technical Advisor – TESP
ILO Dili Office
Tel.: +670 77304053
Email

Ms. Lita Octavia
National Programme Officer for Timor-Leste
ILO Jakarta Office
Telp.: +6221 391 39112 ext. 153
Email