The European Commission-funded High Impact Tourism Training for Jobs and Income (HITT) programme delivers market-driven training to informal workers and potential workers, with particular focus on women, young people, the unskilled and semi-skilled, as such groups are almost always excluded from vocational training. The programme has the following objectives:
- Target beneficiaries will enhance their skills to increase their income and employability
- Beneficiaries will be able to offer market-oriented products and services
- The informal tourism sector in the targeted countries will make an increasing contribution towards sustainable, pro-poor economic growth
- In future, other least-developed countries will benefit from the HITT approach
Effective and sustainable solutions can only be achieved if local actors shape and drive their own agendas. So, as the programme’s manager, SNV is playing a supportive role in helping to facilitate the resourcefulness of local development partners in each country.
The programme will build upon best practices in tourism vocational education and create formal links between the private sector and training institutions. A global approach for curriculum development will result from piloting the programme in the seven HITT countries, enabling actors in other developing countries to foster formal links between the private sector and training institutions and accurately design vocational education interventions based on concrete market demands.
The HITT programme is organised in the following four phases:
Inception (year one)
Situational analysis and needs assessment methodology takes place. This includes analyses of the tourism context, market, value chains, the labour market and the training needs of the informal sector. Key stakeholders are organised into country steering committees.
Preparation (year one)
Findings from the above country situational analyses and training needs assessments are consolidated to reveal the major opportunities and constraints for disadvantaged groups to increase their income and employability; this includes identifying occupations highly demanded by the private sector, competency profiles and training needs. The findings will be published in a report titled, TVET for the informal tourism economy in selected countries of Africa and Asia: needs and opportunities and distributed through SNV, UNWTO and ITC networks.
Implementation (years two and three)
The HITT approach and curriculum are introduced to each country by SNV and the partner organisations. With the support of the steering committees, materials are adapted to each country’s context, using local languages, competency priorities and industry standards, while training delivery mechanisms are identified. Training of beneficiaries begins to occur.
Conclusion (year three)
The quality of the training and impact on skill levels, earnings and employment opportunities of trainees are evaluated. Lessons learned about what worked, what did not work, and reasons why are consolidated. Finally, on the basis of the findings of this evaluation, the HITT approach and curriculum tools and methodology are fine-tuned, documented and disseminated to promote up-scaling.