In recent years, given the rapid technological developments taking place in the labour market, flexibility, adaptability and continuous learning in training programmes have become a major requirement.

One of the most important developments in the sector of TVET in recent years is a paradigm shift that fosters a more holistic approach to adopt and recognize skills acquisition in all types of training, being formal, informal or non-formal (the informal sector represents 80% of African economies).

The reality of skills acquisition in Africa, calls for a shift in skilling Africa from a school-based formal TVET system to an inclusive system of Technical and Vocational Skills Development.


  • To pilot an action of educational mobility between vocational training entities connecting Africa and Europe.
  • To exchange knowledge, methodologies and good practices among VET centers in Africa and Europe.
  • To improve knowledge, technical and pedagogical skills of VET staff and centers through teacher, staff and student exchange linking Africa and Europe.


SAAM aims to support the mobility of VET teachers and students across a range of disciplines.

This alliance targets the development of new curricula, methodologies, technologies and management, and aims possible structures for the enhancement of mobilities between Africa and Europe using training job-shadowing and knowledge acquisition on internationalization, transparency tools and educational pathways.

Along 40 months, 70 European teachers, 135 African teachers and more than 300 students will move between both continents.

Project details:

Action: European Commission pilot project for Vocational Education and Training mobility (VET) mobility scheme in Africa (EAC/S34/2018)

Projectcoordinator: Centro San Viator

Duration: 2020-2023

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Project partners:

SAAM coordinates 32 VET organizations across 8 EU Member States (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain) and 17 African countries (Angola, Benin, Cabo Verde, Eritrea, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia, Chad, Mali, Burkina Fasso and Gabon).

This outstanding partnership gathers a huge network of professional training centers, non-formal training organizations, NGOs and European umbrella organizations.