The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt in cooperation with the European Union have implemented the TVET Reform Programme as a key initiative to support the reform of the Egyptian TVET skills development system. The aim of the reformed TVET system is to improve the competitiveness of Egyptian enterprises in both domestic and international markets and empower Egypt’s private sector to be an important partner in the reform process driving a demand-led system of skills development.  The main initiative is the TVET Reform Programme, of which this project, “TVET and Labour Market Policy Background Studies” with eight studies to be produced are a component.

 In order to ensure that the TVET system is more responsive it was deemed necessary to generate a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the way in which the Egyptian TVET system operates, including an understanding of those skills most likely to be needed by employers. There is no doubt that part of the solution to this challenge is to support TVET restructuring. This can be accomplished through the reform of the country’s TVET system, but in order to make TVET policy more responsive to the needs of employers and learners, and improve TVET flexibility there is a need for more accurate and up to date research to inform the decision making processes. This forms the background to the present carried out eight background studies in the following areas:

1.            Sector TVET/HRD Strategies for the relevant sectors of the TVET Reform programme

2.            Decentralised Education and Training for Employment

3.            TVET Management Information and Knowledge Based System

4.            National Occupational Standardisation, Accreditation and Certification System

5.            TVET institute, TVET Policy Platform and Decentralized TVET Platforms/networks

6.            TVET Governance in Egypt

7.            TVET Reform Policy and Implementation Strategy

8.            TVET Reform Program (Status quo 2011)