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‘LKDF Awareness Days’ promote PPDPs for industrial skills development

October 31, 2016

‘Stronger in Partnership’ was the message driving the Learning Knowledge Development Facility (LKDF) Awareness Days, hosted by UNIDO between October 31st and November 2nd. During the 3-day event, UNIDO staff were able to learn more about the benefits of Public Private Development Partnerships (PPDPs) through a Lunch & Learn training session, an exhibition of partners’ perspectives and presentations of the LKDF’s knowledge resources and augmented reality training tools.

“Collaborating with the private sector is very important because they represent the labour market and by collaborating with them you can develop a vocational training that’s up to date, responds to the needs of the local industrial sector and is sustainable,” said Maria Stridsman, Head of Department at Sida.

That’s the central idea behind the Learning Knowledge Development Facility – a platform initiated by Sida and UNIDO to promote industrial skills development among young people in developing and emerging countries. Working with the private sector through Public Private Development Partnerships, the LKDF supports the establishment and upgrading of local industrial training academies to help meet the labour markets increasing demand for skilled employees. The long-term success of local industrial academies that partner with the LKDF is ensured through constant monitoring of economic, environmental and social impact.

“The practical knowledge you get through workshop exercises and internships at local companies makes it professional training beyond compare”, said Kamal Chant, a student from the AGEVEC training academy in Morocco, adding “those who complete this demanding program will definitely be able to distinguish themselves on the job market.”

Festo, Komatsu, Scania Group, Volvo Group and a growing number of private and public sector partners have joined the LKD Facility.

You can find more information about the LKDF here.