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Afghanistan: Germany promotes vocational skills

23.10.2008 - Press release

The German Government is further stepping up its engagement for vocational training in Afghanistan. The Federal Foreign Office is funding the establishment of three training centres for auto mechanics in Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz and Feyzabad.

The two-year specialist training course is designed to give unemployed young people a skill that will enable them to find employment – a prospect that is currently non-existent for many young Afghans. The training course will include modules on paintwork and body construction.

It is envisaged that a total of 240 young people will have commenced their training in the three cities by the end of 2009. An additional tailoring course will be offered in Mazar-e-Sharif to teach young women in particular to make car seat covers, thus providing them with a way of earning a living.

Well-trained men and women are urgently needed in the country. After decades of strife and war, there is a massive shortage of qualified workers, above all in the automotive branch. A further aim of the German project is the certification of a national standard for the vocational training of auto mechanics.

The project will be implemented by the German Development Service (DED). The private sector is also involved. In Kunduz, Daimler's local partner “Afghan Star” will provide temporary instructors and instruments as part of a public private partnership. The foundation stone for the training centre in Feyzabad, Badakhshan Province, was laid yesterday (22 October). The foundation stone for the centre in Kunduz has already been laid, and construction work is due to start soon in Mazar-e-Sharif.

The Federal Foreign Office will provide almost 1.8 million euro for the training centres this year. In its Afghanistan Policy Paper, the German Government underscored its objective of doing yet more to support civilian reconstruction. In 2008 alone, funding for civilian reconstruction will be increased by over 70% to 170.7 million euro. Germany has so far contributed a total of over 1.1 billion euro (roughly 1.5 billion US dollars) for civilian reconstruction for the period up to 2010.

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