Vocational skills are key to enabling the BOP to participate in value chains. Low productivity linked to the lack of marketable skills acts as a significant barrier towards inclusive business growth. In this context, vocational training is an important precursor to BOP participation and to inclusive growth.
Partnerships with different stakeholders, in particular with the private sector, can assist in skills-needs identification, curriculum development, training delivery, as well as certification and assessment processes to ensure that vocational training is aligned with market demand and subsequently leads to employment. The private sector can also be involved by providing internships, apprenticeships, and job opportunities as well as coaching and mentoring support.