KAS and the AHK

The Trainer-Loan Company for the Future program is a program developed by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and AHK Tunisia since 2013 and aims to introduce a quality standard to vocational training in Tunisia, by applying of the German dual system of work-study training.

Among the activities developed within this program, the selection days give companies looking for a candidate to train and young people looking for work-study training, an opportunity to meet and meet needs. of each of these parts through selection interviews.

This selection step will then allow the candidate to be able to identify the training company in which he will continue his practical training by work-study program, in addition to the courses given at the Sectoral Training Center to which he belongs. On the strength of the experience gained in the automotive sector, AHK Tunisia proposes to launch a similar pilot in partnership with KAS, in cooperation with the CSFIEE of the ATFP, the ELENTICA Cluster and a selection of companies operating in electronic assembly, as part of the BTS / TPE training.


Mme Souad Mami, Director of the HR Services department, AHK Tunisia

“The AHK is present today to support and accompany companies interested in the“ Training Company ”program. It is a program initiated in 2013 as part of a strategic partnership between the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and AHK Tunisia. Today’s event is dedicated to the selection by companies of candidate learners in the electronics sector. This program aims to complete certain aspects of the BTS / TPE training by highlighting the advantages and virtues of practical training by alternance. The program is carried out in cooperation with the CSFIEE, ATP and the ELENTICA Cluster which brings together companies operating in electronic assembly. It should be noted that the start of 2013 was not difficult and I think that the results we have recorded in the automotive sector are favorable and encouraging.

Today, we are setting up a new stage by drawing all the useful conclusions from the program when it started. Our primary goal is the employability of learners once selected by the company. Our in-pout is to support learners during the two years spent in their training center and in the companies where their practical training takes place.

It is important to note that at the end of the course, candidates take their exams in the training center but also a practical exam within the company and in front of an audience of examiners, so it is very concrete! Finally, I would like to highlight the soft-skils component in this process which is provided by experts by inculcating in the learners various behavioral know-how which allows them to progress serenely within the company.

We must not also forget the tutors who are trainers present in the company. They benefit from specific training, made up of educational skills, which is always provided by experts from the AHK. The crowning achievement of this long journey is that we certify the learners, the tutors but also the companies for their strong involvement. ”

Hatem Gafsi, Program Officer-Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS)

“The Konrad Adenauer is a German political foundation and therefore we are entitled to wonder about its presence and its role today in this event on The Training Company. In reality, the Foundation Konrad Adenauer works on two main axes, politics and economics. For the second axis, the foundation tries to develop the social market economy and this is an approach that has largely contributed to the success of the post-war German economy. It is a capitalism where the human and social aspect plays a big role. It is within this framework that we initiated this program entitled “Training Company-Ready for the Future”. On the one hand, it is about promoting the German dual system * of vocational training and it is an approach which has given remarkable results within the FRG.

Today and given the progressive democratization of Tunisia, this type of approach would benefit from being adopted to reduce unemployment which is one of the main causes of the upheavals of January 14. We are faced with a program that brings together the private sector, the public sector and organized civil society. These different sectors have come together to create economic value by trying to integrate these young Tunisians into their socio-economic context. It is a kind of inclusion through vocational training.

Concretely, it is the fact that a learner goes from theory to practice and vice versa, he will acquire knowledge within the Center which represents the public sector, he will acquire concrete know-how and technicality at the within companies and, it is a kind of indirect insertion into professional life. And after a few years, there is an integration rate of 95% of young learners.

This program started in 2013 with the automotive industry and after six years we have seen remarkable results. This encouraged us to broaden our spectrum of intervention to other promising sectors such as the automobile sector, like the electronic assembly industry sector. Our strategy is to go beyond the pilot project and achieve standardization. For several years, we have been trying to show the public sector all the usefulness of dual training so that it generalizes it to all sectoral vocational centers, it is a whole transformation project… ”

Ramzi Kheder, CSFIEE Technical Coordinator

“We, in terms of vocational training, have adopted the work-study model. The learner studies in the sectoral center for a period of one month, then follows a practical training within the company which will have selected him. The Sectoral Training Center in Electronic and Electrical Industries has joined the program jointly initiated by the AHK and KAS because it is a judicious program and the training takes place within the company itself. It is a concept that has proven itself in Germany when you see the historical and worldwide success of its industry.

In the training company, we no longer speak of trainee but of learner. It is a new approach more appropriate to develop employability and the rise of electronic industries.

In the current scheme, the company becomes a full player in training. It should be borne in mind that the assembly sector which operates in Tunisia is experiencing an annual growth of 17% and includes more than 100 players including several multinationals… ”

Walid BENAMOR, President of the ELENTICA Cluster

“I am the President of the ELENTICA cluster, which today represents more than fifty companies operating in the electronics sector and which is present in various sectors of activity such as the automobile and aeronautics.

We represent more than 15,000 employees for a global figure of 1.5 billion euros, that’s for the cluster.

At the same time, I run the company Pratique Electronique which has been operating in the sector for twenty years with several certifications. The initiator, for more than three years of this cluster PPP approach, is the World Bank. Today, there is a synergy that must be truly shared and a strategy to be put in place because the demand in certain sectors is considerable, as is notably the case of electronics. Tunisia is fortunate to be geopolitically at the center of the world and we are therefore a hub that has everything it takes to become an international supplier of electronic cards. This issue makes the vocational training sector essential.

The German experience in dual training has proved its worth. It is an approach which corresponds well to the philosophy of the companies. The initiative of the KAS and the AHK is very important to support us, but we also expect politicians to look far ahead in terms of future strategies. With regard to trends, Tunisia excels at the Soft level with internationally renowned companies. Now, the software must move towards the hard so that it can be converted into products. Our potential is enormous, the investments are there. Now, it is Government to draw up a roadmap. ”

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