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Palestine has a young population, with those under 30 years accounting for 72% of the total population, placing enormous pressure on social services and education. Economic growth is affected by political instability and many people live below the poverty line. Labour force participation is around 40%, however there are large gender gaps and youth unemployment is high.
Vocational education and training accounts for approx. 6% of total educational enrolments - well below the needs of the economy. The system is not attractive and has a limited offer of quite traditional qualifications. In part, the negative perception springs from the scant relevance of its provision for the labour market, as a result of inefficiencies and low quality.
Progress of reform in the sector is driven by the revised TVET Strategy. Since its adoption in 2009, several big achievements have been reached, including in curriculum and human resources development and labour market systems.
High-level governance of the system remains an unresolved issue, however donors and relevant stakeholders have achieved a high degree of cooperation. This has reduced the incidence of overlapping initiatives and has facilitated the creation of complementarity among the different reform initiatives.


• establishing a monitoring and evaluation system
• addressing the lack of coordinated high-level governance
• establishing a competence-based model for developing, delivering, and assessing qualifications

ETF’s Role

• Establishing a monitoring and evaluation function together with international donors BTC and GIZ
• Establishing a monitoring and evaluation system to provide policy makers with strong evidence-based recommendations for shaping policies
• Developing competence-based qualifications in continuing vocational training together with GIZ
• Support to the EU Delegations
• Torino Process

For more info, contact the ETF Country Desk: Kristien Van den Eynde 
+39 011 630 2383, e-mail:



(*) This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual position of the Member States on this issue.

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