IsDB-ISFD Vocational Education Training (VET)

Introduction

The Programme is fully funded by the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD), with the specific aim of reducing poverty in the following 21 Member Countries:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Benin
  4. Burkina Faso
  5. Chad
  6. Comoros
  7. Djibouti
  8. Gambia
  9. Guinea
  10. Guinea-Bissau
  11. Mali
  12. Mauritania
  13. Mozambique
  14. Niger
  15. Senegal
  16. Sierra Leone
  17. Somali
  18. Sudan
  19. Togo
  20. Uganda
  21. Yemen

The programme provides educational opportunities to academically meritorious young students from the above 21 LDMCs to pursue Vocational Education and Training (VET) at a public/government institution/vocational training center to equip them with knowledge, skills and competences required in particular occupations and on the labour market and enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the development of their countries.

Concept

The scholarship is awarded as an interest-free Flex-Pay Installment Loan (Qard Hasan) to the students. Repayment will take place once the students finish their study and secure a gainful employment, to a Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established in each member country benefiting from the Programme. The collected amounts are to be recycled in new scholarships offered to students from the same country.

Eligibility Criteria

The prospective candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Citizens of any of the 21 IsDB LDMCs mentioned above.
  • Completed high school with minimum good grades in major subjects;
  • Not in receipt of any other scholarship; and 
  • Be medically fit and willing to undergo medical tests after selection.

Fields of Study

The eligible candidates may apply to study one of the following fields of study only:

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Fields of Study/Specialty

1

Accounting and Finance Technician

2

Aeronautic Maintenance

3

Agriculture Equipment Technician

4

Agriculture Technology diploma

5

Airport logistics and freight management

6

Architectural Design Software

7

Automotive Technician

8

Backing, Back Office employee: offshoring

9

Business Management technician expert

10

Certified network technician

11

Clothing / Industrialization Techniques

12

Communication customer relationship offshore

13

Composites Materials Processing

14

Computer Support Technician

15

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Operator

16

Construction Materials Sales Technician

17

Construction Technologies

18

Database Administrator (DBA)

19

Decorations and props Skilled Technician

20

Dental Assistance

21

Design Office Skilled Technician: Steel Construction

22

Designer Developer JAVA J2EE

23

Diesel Equipment Mechanic

24

Digital Marketing

25

Early Childhood Educator

26

Emergency Medical Technician

27

Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

28

Equine Business Manager

29

Executive Secretarial Skills

30

Fish and Wildlife Technician

31

Forestry Technician

32

Governance and Management of Manufacturing Skilled Technician

33

Governess assistant

34

Operations and Logistics

35

Health and Quality Skilled Technician

36

Healthcare Administration

37

Hospitality and Tourism

38

Hotel management

39

Sales support in banking

40

Industrial chemistry

41

Industrial Electronics & Maintenance Technician

42

Industrial Environmental Engineering Technician

43

Industrial Manufacturing Engineering Technician

44

Industrial Safety Engineering Technician

45

Industry Construction Materials Maintenance

46

Industry Milling Skilled Technician

47

Infographics

48

Insurance Back Office employee: offshoring

49

IT Project Manager

50

LAN WAN Network Technician

51

Large Retail Department Manager

52

Leather Chemicals Skilled Technician

53

Machine Maintenance and Tooling Plastics

54

Machine Tool Operation/ Technics

55

Machining in computer-controlled machine tool: FAO method tool design

56

Machining on numerically controlled Machine Tools

57

Maintenance Food Industry Skilled Technician

58

Manufacturing Basics

59

Manufacturing Food Industry Skilled Technician

60

Manufacturing Technician

61

Mechatronics

62

Medical Assistant

63

Medical Imaging

64

Medical Lab Technician

65

Meteorology Skilled Technicians

66

Methods Leather Skilled Technician

67

Methods, Manufacturing and Quality Skilled Technician: option Automotive

68

Midwifery

69

Mining Engineering Technician

70

Mobile Programmer

71

Net Software Developer

72

Network Technician

73

Nursing Assistant 

74

Oleoculture and oil technology Skilled Technician

75

Packaging and Conditioning Skilled Technician

76

Personnel Officer

77

Pharmacy Technician

78

Phlebotomy Technician

79

Preschool Educator

80

Printing Management

81

Property Design Skilled Technician

82

Quality Control Skilled Technician: Textile

83

Quality Manufacturing

84

Quality, Health, Safety and Environment

85

Residential Building

86

Sales operator and Customer Relationship Offshore

87

Sales Technician expert

88

Skilled Technician in Diagnostics and Embedded Electronics

89

Skilled technician in engineering

90

Skilled Technician in Telecommunication

91

Skilled Technician Manufacturing Chart

92

Software Development Specialist

93

Special Effects editor in Audio Visual

94

Special Effects Skilled Technician

95

Specialized machining technician on MOCN, option: press tool machining

96

Steward

97

Structural Works Skilled Technician

98

Surface treatment Skilled Technicians

99

Surgical Technologist

100

Surveyor/topographer Skilled Technician

101

Technical Sales: Vehicles and Automotive Parts

102

Technician in design department: automotive option

103

Technician in design department: tool design option

104

Technician in secretarial and office automation

105

Technician specialized in accommodation and hosting

106

Textile Maintenance and Manufacturing

107

Tourist animator

108

Transport Operations Skilled Technician

109

Travel agencies

110

Veterinary Technician

111

Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Option: Image)

112

Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Option: Sound)

113

Visual Audio Skilled Technician (Optional Installation)

114

Web Design Specialist

115

Welding

116

Welding Robotic Operation

117

Wood Technology

118

Works Supervisor Skilled Technician: Public Works

Benefits and facilities 

The programme covers the following items:

  • Monthly stipend commensurate with the cost of living of the country of study;
  • Tuition fees, if any, subject to IsDB’s approval;
  • Cost of medical treatment at university/government hospital; 
  • Economy class return air tickets (once at the time of joining and on completion of study) and installation and equipment allowance for the students selected to study abroad at partnered universities/countries.

To help students prepare themselves for their future leading role in the development of their communities and countries, the IsDB also provides them with extra-curricular activities under a special programme called “Mentorship, Guidance and Counselling Programme” to ensure their academic progress and social and psychological integration at the university as well as with the local community environment.

Place of Study 

Consistent with the concept of the Programme, selected students must obtain admissions in one of the approved fields of study at one of the top public/government universities in their own countries. In case of unavailability of fields of study in their home countries, they can seek admission in member countries having agreement with the IsDB, i.e. Malaysia, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, National University of Uzbekistan and Tashkent University of Information Technologies

Obligations 

Candidates granted the scholarship are expected to:

  1. Sign the IsDB’s prescribed Scholarship Agreement stating their commitment to their studies and serve their communities and countries upon graduation;  
  2. Devote themselves to their studies on a full-time basis and without interruption and provide the IsDB with progress reports on their studies on a regular basis;
  3. Not to seek or accept other scholarship or remunerated work during their study under the Programme; 
  4. Respect the laws of the country of study and maintain good personal and professional conduct consistent with the rules, regulations and objectives of the Programme and the overall mission of the IsDB;
  5. Register to the IsDB Alumni after graduation to network with other alumnus and keep updating the IsDB about their progress and achievements in their communities/countries.
  6. Refund the loan after graduation and securing gainful employment, in easy installments, to Local Education Trust Fund (LETF) established by the IsDB in their countries.  

Selection Process

The review and selection process are undertaken by an independent International Selection Committee, composed of academicians and chaired by the Senior Advisor to the IsDB President for Science, Technology and Innovation. 

The Selection Committee assesses the applicants’ qualifications and eligibility requirements and ascertains the scientific and development relevance of the proposed fields of study. Recommendation for final selection is made by the committee and final selection is approved by the IsDB management whose decision is final.