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Skills to Succeed Program in Tataouine, Tunisia


  • Start: since 2012 and ongoing
  • Country: Tunisia
  • Partners: Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, Tataouine Vocational Training Center, Higher Institute for Technological Studies, UNDP, Local NGOs
  • OMV Focus Area: Community Development
  • Supported UN Sustainable Development Goals: 4- Quality education, 8-Decent work and economic growth, 10-Reduced inequalities, 17-Partnerships for the goals


  • Enhance employability through vocational and self-employment training
  • Motivate young people through promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment
  • Invest in local economic development and improve livelihood of local communities through market-oriented skills development


The Skills to Succeed program in Tataouine (South Tunisia) aims to improve employability and income generation of the local community through training on vocational and self-employment, and entrepreneurship. The program that was implemented by Hilfswerk Austria International (November 2012 – June 2017) in close cooperation with the local authorities, educational institutions and experts has been transformed into a local NGO "Skills to Succeed Organization".

This organization was created in the interest of sustaining the effort to engage local community leaders as board members and to offer the opportunity to other donors to fund activities.

Vocational Training: Addressing unemployment problems through skill development

“Skills to Succeed” started a successful welding and pipefitting training program where carefully selected participants were trained and certified. Students were also offered HSSE, English language, soft skills and entrepreneurship training. Building on the success of this project, the training programs were also offered to unemployed university graduates.

“Skills to Succeed” will continue to Focus on the development of small businesses within selected value chains of Tataouine’s agriculture, industry, eco-tourism, and arts and crafts. Through entrepreneurship training, business planning assistance, and monitoring and mentoring, “Skills to Succeed” assists aspiring business owners in improving the efficiency of input, production, processing, and marketing.

Furthermore, a strategic planning training was established helping NGOs to formulate a strategy on how to best achieve goals and how to define an operational plan for five years. NGOs as well as local authorities are also offered a number of training opportunities and are regularly consulted in a participatory approach to design solutions, addressing issues related to the “Skills to Succeed” programs and projects.