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Thanks to extensive efforts in preceding decades, Algeria’s education and training system has undergone considerable developments, including in the area of vocational education and training (VET). In 2008, a law on the VET system was passed, afterwards executed through a series of executive decrees, the last one in November 2016 re-defining the different types of VET delivery and qualifications. The government plan 2014-2018 also defines specific objectives to improve VET offer and in particular the relations with the business sector, the quality assurance system, among others. A law on apprenticeship is under discussion.

Vocational training is mostly state run and funded, decision making is centralised. It covers both initial and continuing training. Training modalities include traditional courses (en residentiel) evening courses, distance learning (formation a distance) and apprenticeship. Specific training are provided for housewives, and women in rural areas. Enrolments in vocational courses at the upper secondary level, however, is relatively small.

Algeria has a young population. Of an estimated 40 million people, around 60% are under 30 years old. A substantial proportion of students (38%) leave school after their compulsory lower-secondary education, with some returning to vocational training at a later stage, and the number of adults without education remains significant at 22.5%.


• Improving the quality of VET through quality assurance system, administration and financing, teachers and trainers, career guidance and orientation, curriculum development and centres of excellence

• Improving links and partnership with business, involving the private sector in training process and skills matching

For more info, contact the ETF Country Desk: Sabina Nari
+39 011 630 2302


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