NIRAS: Your Partner in Skills Development & Employment Promotion

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Skills Development and Employment Promotion (SD & EP) play a key role in achieving national development visions and strategies. SD & EP are essential for promoting inclusive, sustainable, low-carbon economic growth at a local level and addressing global challenges like economic ­migration at the same time. Learn more about NIRAS' work in this field and what a partnership with us has to offer.

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Skills development enables people to reach their full potential and become productive members of society. It unleashes individuals' entrepreneurial potential, moves people  into the formal sector, stimulates innovation and creates access to improved or new products and services. New technical and management skills help people to overcome marginalisation and foster social inclusion and gender equity. 

Employment promotion enables people to apply their new skills. It is crucial for creating ­income, stimulating demand for goods and services, and making people economically independent. This provides the basis for improved living conditions and eradication of poverty.

The Sustainable Development Goals 1, 4 and 8 recognise the importance of skills development & employment promotion (SD & EP) for successfully addressing global challenges. NIRAS works to support the translation of the SDGs into practice in development projects across the world. We take an integrated and holistic approach to supporting countries in developing their SD & EP systems.

We work to strengthen governance structures linking education and training with the labour market. We promote a lifelong learning perspective and consider skills development within the entire education system recognizing that it can be school-based, in-company, cooperative or informal in nature. Based on Nordic best practices, we apply tailor-made methods for mainstreaming cross-cutting issues like gender equality and social inclusion targeting women and youth.

In this brochure, we outline the services we offer in SD & EP and share some examples of successful projects. Download NIRAS: Your Partner in Skills Development & Employment Promotion.