A joint alliance to develop a mobility scheme and share best practices between African and European VET systems



Investing in people by investing in education and skills

Africa has the youngest population of any region of the world and continues to experience strong demographic growth. In order to boost investment and create jobs, skills need to be matched with the demands of the labour market and employability improved through relevant and quality vocational education and training.

OVERSTEP aims to improve the professional development of teachers and managers, the skills and employability of learners and the relevance and quality of teaching and learning in vocational education and training in Africa.


80 Staff members from African VET Schools and training providers

80 Staff members from European VET schools

200 African learners 100 students and 100 recent graduates

The OVERSTEP project will implement:

  1. Mobility for African School Staff: 80 staff members of African VET School/training providers involved in the partnership will undertake a 15-day job shadowing experience at European VET School/training providers based in Italy, France, Malta and Spain in order to exchange good practices and work on the educational tools, methodologies and strategies to be put in place to improve the training offer proposed in the African institutions.
  2. Mobility for European School Staff: 80 staff members of EU VET School/training providers will undertake a 15-day mobility period at the African VET School/training providers to guide, support and accompany their partners in the process of improving and modernising their training offers.
  3. Learners Mobility: 200 African learners (100 students and 100 recent graduates) will have the opportunity to undertake a “on the job” training experience in European companies in Italy, France, Malta and Spain operating in the sectors of Tourism and Hotel services, Agriculture and Food Processing.

Areas covered

Food processing

Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Veterinary

Tourism and Hotel services


List of partners in Europe

ITALY | FMTS Experience (Coordinator)

FRANCE | Newdeal Institute

MALTA and SPAIN | ForMalta


List of schools in Africa

TUNISIE | Lycée Agricole de Thibar

BENIN | Lycée Technique, Tertiare et Industriel de Djakotomey

CABO VERDE | Escola Basica e Secundaria “Olavo Moniz”

IVORY COAST | Lycée Professionnel Hôtelier D’Abidjan

NIGERIA | Federal University of Technology Akure – FUTA Secondary School

SENEGAL | Ecole Nationale de Formation Hôteliere et Touristique Cheikh Amala

CAMEROON | Institut Superieur d’Agriculture et de Gestion d’Obala

CAMEROON |Institut Supérieur des Sciences Agronomiques de l’Environnement et de l’Entrepreneuriat Rural

GABON | Lycée Forestier et Agricole “Maurice Betote”

KENYA | Thika College of Banking and Accountancy

SOUTH AFRICA | Unicom Agricultural Secondary School







Cabo Verde




Ivory Coast



South Africa



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