For the last eight years, a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funded project has helped develop a skilled workforce that meets the requirements of the Algerian labour market while at the same time creating a network of qualified trainers.
The Ambassador of Canada, Geneviève des Rivières, and the Minister of Training and Professional Education, M.El Hadi Khaldi, attended the closing ceremony of the project that introduced a competency-based approach to vocational training in Algeria.
A versatile and skilled workforce has been an important issue for Algerians as they try to be competitive in a globalizing environment. In order to meet the challenge, Algeria recognized that it had to make significant adjustments to the level of training of its workforce and sought Canadian expertise and strategic support to reengineer vocational training.
These efforts were not in vain: today, those responsible for vocational training and education possess the powerful tools necessary to pursue its reform. Over 500 students have already received training in the sectors of refrigeration and air conditioning, auto mechanics, the arts and printing industry and the management of water resources.
This project came to fruition as a result close collaboration between Canadian and Algerian experts and advisers such as the Montreal-based International Consortium for Development of Education and the Algerian National Agency for Vocational Training.
This project represents a successful model of cooperation between Canada and Algeria. The Embassy of Canada hopes to identify other ways to enhance such cooperation in the future.