Who Are We?
The Vanuatu Skills Partnership is a dynamic co-investment between the Governments of Australia and Vanuatu for the continued development of the national skills system, in line with Vanuatu 2030 – the People’s Plan.
The Partnership aims to:
- improve the quality of local training delivery to better deliver the skills required for inclusive and sustainable private sector growth
- facilitate the recognition of these skills within the system, and in the region, for increased education pathways and labour mobility
- support developmental leadership and good governance to drive service delivery reform
Who Do We Support?
Under the Vanuatu Ministry of Education and Training, the Partnership supports the decentralised operation of provincial Skills Centres.
These Centres act as brokers between demand and supply – contracting local training providers and industry coaches to deliver skills that will lead to sustainable productivity, increased employment and greater social inclusion.
Training is planned and delivered through a collaboration with partner Government departments and co-financed through a national Skills Development Fund.
Core collaborative work streams include:
- Skills for Tourism – with the Department of Tourism and the Vanuatu Tourism Office
- Skills for Handicraft – with the Department of Industry
- Skills for Agribusiness – with the Department of Agriculture
- Skills for Providers – with leaders across national and provincial government
- Social Inclusion — with the Ministry of Justice and Community Services
Our partnerships are wide-ranging; in addition to the above, our partners include provincial government, industry associations and local entrepreneurs, civil society bodies, and urban, rural and remote communities.
The new phase is designed to enhance levels of mutual accountability and co-contribution for the continued growth of an effective and inclusive national training system.
An Australian Government supported initiative, delivered in partnership with the Government of Vanuatu
The Partnership is not a ‘stand-alone’ aid program determined by outsiders; it is locally-led reform initiative with a deep respect for Melanesian leadership, culture and values.
It works within local structures and policies, and supports local agents for positive change in Vanuatu.
The approach also recognises that the skills sector can, and should, contribute not only to economic outcomes, but also to beneficial social and environmental outcomes.
Inclusion and equity are central to the approach of the Partnership. It actively supports achieving gender equality in ways which respect Melanesian culture and values.
The Partnership has a specific focus on supporting:
- women’s economic empowerment;
- women in leadership; and
- reducing vulnerability to gender-based violence.
Disability inclusion efforts by the Partnership are guided by the twin-track approach, which seeks to strengthen mainstream policies and programs so that they are disability inclusive, while at the same time strengthening disability specific supports.
The Partnership works closely with local stakeholders to ensure that people with disabilities can successfully participate within the national skills development system, with pathways to improved economic, social and cultural development opportunities.
The livelihoods and social structure of the ni-Vanuatu people are inextricably linked to the natural environment and its resource base. The Partnership works to mainstream climate change adaptation and mitigation through all Skills Centre activity and its support to training providers.