DEC TVETs (Skill Training and Production Center) profile

I. Where we have Skills Training and Production Centre

Development Expertise Centre (DEC) has been providing market-relevant skills training for socially, economically and geographically disadvantaged youths and young women target groups on high potential value chain sectors. DEC has its own Vocational Skills Training and Production Centres in Bahir dar, Bedele, Liben Chikuala (around Bishoftu) and Aysaita districts. These Vocational skills training and production centers are established to provide tailor made, quality market relevant vocational skills training for semi-skilled and unskilled women and youth who have not the opportunity to access vocational skills training because of they lack to fulfill entry requirements and cannot pay to continue the skills training. In addition; DECs TVET Centers has been trying to addresses the core problem of out-of-school youth having difficulties to enter into the labour market thus being caught in the “low or no skill- no job- no income- poverty” trap. Key feature of DECs training package is to impart skills training to socially, economically and geographically disadvantaged out-of-school youths through market oriented short term (3 to 6 months), modular, and outcome (occupational standard and competence) based training. The training is intended to assist the trainees to be self-employed and wage employed. To achieve this goal, the training unit is well equipped with all necessary equipment’s and as per the standards.

To ensure the sustainability of the TVET training centers, production units are established to generate income that can fuel the training unit and ensure the continuation of providing skills training.

Furthermore, DEC has been provided youth employable skill training in collaboration with five TVET colleges in north wollo zone, south wollo zone and Oromiya special zone of Amhara region namely Kemisse, Kombolcha, Dessie, Woldia and Kobo by SINCE project funded by European Union and contracted by Italian embassy in Addis Ababa.

II. Objectives of DEC Employability skills training program

Overall objective:

To contribute to employment opportunity and livelihood diversification of economically poor and socially disadvantaged unskilled and semi-skilled youth and women in the targeted area.

Specific Objectives

  1. To create inclusive TVET training opportunities for economically poor and socially disadvantaged unskilled and semi-skilled youth and women.
  2. To improve access for economically poor and socially disadvantaged unskilled and semi-skilled youth and women to quality TVET training.
  3. To facilitate the employment opportunity and economic diversification of targeted youth and women

Bahir Dar Skills Training and production center

III. DECs Employability Skill Training Packages

DECs Employability skills training program offer a package of services including vision development skills training, technical skills training, life skills training, business skills training, counseling, cooperative training, workplace internships, job-matching assistance and follow up and on job coaching. This is training is tailored toward wage employment and self-employment and can be linked to the provision of business services, market chain facilitation and access to micro credit support. in general, employability skills training package provided by DECs TVET centers are mentioned as follows:

  • Labour market assessment and analysis
  • Provide carrier orientation for beneficiaries
  • Provide training facilities, machineries and equipment necessary for providing training in the selected value chain sectors
  • Provide technical skill, Vision development, life skills and business skill training for targeted beneficiaries
  • Facilitate apprenticeship/cooperative training with frequent support, follow up and coaching.
  • Facilitate employment (wage or self-employment) opportunities for the graduates
  • Facilitate institutional assessment after the completion of the training (track and trace the graduates)
  • Adjust training programs to the beneficiary’s preference (day time or evening)
  • Assign a competent trainer in the occupation
  • Facilitate the accreditation and certification of graduates including COC exam

IV. Thematic Areas (Value Chain sectors:

DEC has an experience to provide employable skills training on the following thematic areas/value chains/sectors:

  1. Textile/Garment: weaving, Garment, Dyeing and printing
  2. Metal: welding and machining

iii. Construction: Masonry, bar bending & concreting

  1. Agro-livestock value chain: dairy production, fattening, poultry production, Animal feed production and crop production
  • For the above mentioned value chain sectors, DEC has accredited and approved curriculum frame works and training modules.

V. Strategies:

To provide sustainable and comprehensive employable skills training and to ensure the employment and economic empowerment of targeted youth and women, DEC uses the following implementation strategies: Strengthening the capacity of public and private TVET College,  Strengthening the capacity of cluster of SMEs/companies/private enterprises/business firms, Strengthening public privet partnership between companies/SMEs, public institutions and TVET colleges, Promotion of decent work agenda through awareness raising, Promote access to Micro Finance Services, Promote value chain products and market chain services , Enhance the capacities and working systems of cooperatives , Promote project based income generating activities (IGA)

VI. Target beneficiaries

The target beneficiaries of this employability skills training program are: Socially, economically and geographically disadvantaged and vulnerable unemployed youth and women including returnees, potential migrants (17-34 ages), Out-of-school youth and women having difficulties to enter into the labour market, Unskilled and semi-skilled youth and women who have not any opportunity to fulfil their livelihoods.

VII. Sustainability plan of DECs TVET.

To Ensure the sustainability of TVETs, DEC has established production units in each targeted area to generate income that can fuel the training unit and ensure the continuation of providing skills training for marginalized and disadvantaged target groups in the project implementation area. The business model (Canvas) of the training and production center has been developed. And also the business plan for production unit was developed. The business canvas of the training unit and production unit is presented on the below table:


DEC TVET Business model/ Canvas for skills training and production centers.

VIII. Future plan

In the near future, DEC has planned to expand and established its own TVET colleges in Jimma and Semera. To do this, consultation was made with key Gov’t stakeholders and they have interested to collaborate and work with us.