ARCHIPELAGO: an African-European TVET initiative


ARCHIPELAGO is an inclusive economic development programme addressing youth and vulnerable groups' employability through increasing their professional skills as well as enhancing employment opportunities.

Specifically, Archipelago will increase local employment opportunities and employability by developing local training and vocational resources adapted to private sector needs.

The principle approach of the suggested action is the implementation of targeted partnership projects between European and African Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) with the objective to provide labour market relevant TVET training. In order to increase the employability of the young people it is imperative to have a fully private sector driven approach to TVET for the Youth. These TVET partnership projects will be competitively selected through calls for proposals and they need to include an analytical phase in order to identify the sectors with growth potential, which are also relevant for their members.

Main objectives

The overall objective of the action is to better match the offer of labour (skills available on the labour market) to the demand of labour (generated by the local private sector and productive economic growth).

The specific objectives of the action are:
SO1 Increase and upgrade local employment opportunities through the strengthening of the entrepreneurial skills, SMEs and future start-ups employment creation;
SO2 Develop local training and vocational (TVET) resources adapted to private sector needs to strengthen youth employability;

This action in numbers

10 500
Number of people who have benefited from VET/skills development and other active labour market programmes/ local economic development projects with EU support
6 760
Number of people having completed vocational training opportunities offered through ARCHIPELAGO
1 000
Number of jobs created and improved through the support of ARCHIPELAGO

News & Stories

ARCHIPELAGO first Call for Proposals publishedHWK Hamburg
NEWS | 24 April 2019

ARCHIPELAGO first Call for Proposals published

The ARCHIPELAGO Programme funds private sector initiatives that contribute to facilitate access to the labour market for young people through improved employability and vocational education and training.
The First Call for Proposals provides grant funding of EUR 400.000 to EUR 600.000 for partnership projects to be implemented in the...
Lancement du Programme Archipelago au SénégalUnion européenne
NEWS | 12 December 2018

Archipelago : 15 millions d'euros pour améliorer l'emploi des jeunes dans la région Sahel et Lac Tchad

M. Mamadou Talla, Ministre de la Formation professionnelle de l’apprentissage et de l’artisanat du Sénégal et Mme Cécile Tassin Pelzer, Chef de la Coopération de l'Union européenne (UE) au Sénégal ont procédé ce jour, au lancement du programme régional Archipelago à Dakar. Il s'agit d'un programme quadriennal visant à améliorer...