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### Vocational Education and Training

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) is a key element of a comprehensive approach to address employment next to investment and improved business and trade climates. VET should be instrumental in providing the workforce, particularly young people, with skills that respond to labour market needs and are inclusive to all, ultimately contributing to employability for all. The overall objective of these trainings is thus to improve knowledge among EU staff on VET in developing countries, allowing them to better design and support programmes in these areas and deepen policy-dialogue with partner countries.

Duration: 4 hours

### Defining the informal economy

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The objective of this webinar is to provide participants with an understanding of the phenomenon of the Informal Economy by defining key concepts and issues, illustrating trends, challenges and characteristics of employment in the informal economy, as well as the contribution of these activities to GDP in various regions of the world.

Duration: 66 m

### Engaging the private sector as active stakeholders

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Private sector involvement in VET is an essential ingredient in a VET system. The willingness of a government to share responsibility in all aspects of the VET system development is a pre-condition for the involvement of the private sector.
However, VET is not the private sector’s core business; their involvement must be responsive to their needs and operations, be planned and efficiently organized.

### Good practices on the informal economy

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The objective of the webinar was to present good practices and lessons learned extracted from projects with a strong focus on the Informal Economy implemented under the EU-funded Thematic Programme “Investing in People”.

Duration: 80 m

### How to extend social protection to informal workers?

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The objective of this webinar is to present experiences and ideas from researchers and practitioners on how to extend social protection mechanisms to people depending on the Informal Economy.

Duration: 67 m

### How to tackle the informal economy?

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The objective of this webinar is to present major orientations of policies designed to tackle (support or eliminate) the informal economy, with special reference to the key actors in the field. The discussion focused:

• on the main interventions used in the framework of policies targeting the informal economy (taxing the informal activities, upgrading the informal activities within the value chain, and organising the populations dependent on the informal economy)
• on the analysis of the main technical pillars underpinning the policies (social protection, technical and vocational training (TVET), and finance).

Duration: 90 m

### Informal Economy - Research, Network and Support Facility

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This e-learning course aims to provide EU staff at headquarters and in delegations with the necessary tools and knowledge to tackle the informal economy. It is composed of 3 learning modules starting with a brief overview of the concepts of informal sector, informal employment and informal economy, and going in depth to policies and approaches to address the Informal Economy, presenting the major orientations of policies designed to deal with the Informal Economy.

Duration: 60 m

### Organizing and mobilizing informal workers

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Organizing informal workers is at the core of the actions and policies designed to enhancing the livelihoods of populations dependent on the informal economy. The objective of this webinar is to introduce participants to different approaches towards organizing informal workers in view of improving their living and working conditions in several areas, such as extending social protection, strengthening their bargaining power in value chains, gaining visibility and voice, having rights recognized.

Duration: 70 m

### Promoting employment and decent work in development cooperation

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The overall objective of this manual is to enhance Commission staff's ability to diagnose a country's employment challenges, engage in technical dialogue with counterparts, and promote employment and decent work as part of the EU’s international development efforts. Volume 1 of the manual (this document) seeks to sensitise the reader about the importance of employment and decent work for development and facilitate understanding of key concepts, potential barriers to employment and the range of relevant policy instruments.

Tools and Methods Series

Concept Paper No 6

Version January, 2018

### Quality of provision and quality assurance

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QUALITY IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (VET) is about VET being fit for purpose, and being governed, delivered, assessed and funded accordingly. The best way to foster Quality in VET is to set standards that need to be followed.

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