SFIVET is currently implementing a project funded by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) to further develop the vocational education and training system in Peru. The aim of this project is to design training content in a way that ensures that learners acquire the skills that are actually needed on the labour market.
SECO funds several projects aimed at improving Peru's economic performance and works with Helvetas as the implementing partner. The initiative Fortalecimiento de la gestión descentralizada y articulada de la Educación Superior Tecnológica (EST) [‘Reinforcing the decentralised and structured management of tertiary-level training in technology], is intended to strike a better balance between training content (supply) and skills requirements on the Peruvian labour market (demand).
SFIVET was commissioned by Helvetas to provide technical support and advice. Following initial contacts on the ground in Peru, a proposal is currently being prepared for a project that would enable partners to fundamentally improve their skills in the areas of planning, management and implementation of efficient training courses designed in part on the basis of Switzerland's dual-track approach. Although Peru has a wealth of resources, the overall situation is very challenging because trust between the public and private sectors is poor (as shown, for example, by the fact that 70% of companies do not pay taxes, i.e. operate in the shadow economy).
Emanuel Wüthrich, Senior Advisor / Senior Lecturer Swiss International VET Academy