Building Skills for Jobs: Project outlines

The present call for project outlines aims to link private and public partners in order to provide young people with job relevant skills and qualifications.

The present call for project outlines aims to link private and public partners in order to enhance Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in selected developing countries.

This call for project outlines is being launched with the purpose of preparing a subsequent main call within the first half of 2017. A project outline is a short description of a potential project.

The outlines will help gain knowledge about potential high impact projects and which actors and partners that are best placed to implement them. By submitting a project outline, you can influence the main call so it becomes as relevant as possible for you as a potential applicant.


The objectives that are guiding this call for project outlines are:

  1. Provide youth and young adults with documented and transferable skills and qualifications that are in demand in the formal and/or informal labour market

  2. Provide youth and young adults with documented skills and qualifications that contribute to entrepreneurship and/or self-employment

  3. Establish and/or develop TVET institutions, preferably in cooperation with national authorities and industry organisations

Who can submit project outlines

Project outlines can be submitted by Norwegian companies, business associations, industry organisations, educational institutions, foundations and NGOs.

The subsequent main call will support projects related to TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) on levels equivalent to secondary school or below. Projects for higher education will not be considered, except those involving training for teachers in vocational institutions.

Please note that the funding allocation criteria for the subsequent main call have not yet been decided and that the main call may be opened for full international competition.

Geographical scope

The project outlines shall describe projects that address skills challenges in one or more of the 12 focus countries/areas for Norwegian development aid: Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Tanzania, Afghanistan, Haiti, Mali, Palestine, Somalia and South Sudan.

Projects in other of the 85 countries eligible to receive Norwegian development assistance can also be submitted. See list of the 85 countries eligible (in Norwegian only).


Priority will be given to projects addressing skills challenges in one or more of the following sectors: energy, ICT, agriculture, fish/marine resources, and maritime sectors. This includes projects addressing needs for vocational skills in different ends of the value chain (including sub-deliveries such as services), as well as projects related to skills of general or multi-sector relevance such as “soft skills” and HSE.


Youth unemployment is one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies in today’s world, for developed and developing countries alike.

According to the World Bank 600 million new jobs need to be created globally over the next decade to absorb the youth currently unemployed and the new annual entrants to the labour market. At the same time, employers are struggling to find qualified labour.

TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) can equip youth with the skills required to access the world of work, including skills for self-employment. TVET can also improve responsiveness to changing skill-demands by companies and communities, increase productivity and increase wage levels.

TVET can reduce access barriers to the world of work, for example through work-based learning, and ensuring that skills gained are recognised and certified. TVET can also offer skills development opportunities for low-skilled people who are under- or unemployed, out-of-school youth and individuals not in education, employment and training (NEETs).

The private sector is essential for the creation of new jobs and for ensuring that the workforce receives relevant education and training. Combined efforts from companies, education institutions and education authorities are needed to develop the TVET sector and qualify the labour force in developing countries. Norwegian companies and education institutions can make important contributions in this respect.

Published 08.09.2016
Last updated 08.09.2016