Vocational training reform and management support
Although 290,000 young people reach working age in Senegal every year, companies in growth sectors have difficulty finding qualified workers. The vocational education and training system is currently unable to train enough workers with the qualifications sought by the private sector. Better coordination between the vocational education and training offered and the needs of the labor market is therefore a key prerequisite for promoting sustainable economic growth and prospects for decent employment. Vocational education and training is a high priority for the Senegalese Government, which aims for 30 percent of primary school leavers to enter vocational training by 2025, compared to 6 percent in 2015. The aim of the project is to improve the framework conditions for the provision of formal vocational training geared to the needs of the economy. The GFA supports the process with a pool of national and international experts who advise the Ministry of Vocational Education and Training (Ministère de lEmploi, de la Formation Professionnelle et de lApprentissage, MEFPA) and subordinate institutions to implement VET reform in accordance with national strategies and the bilateral reform partnership. The two main areas of the intervention are firstly the implementation of an inclusive and labor market oriented vocational training reform, with a strong focus on women that is set up jointly with representatives of the business community. Secondly, the strengthening of the steering capacities of the state vocational training institutions with a series of organizational development tools such as the capacity development strategy for the project partners or the development of a digitally supported instrument for better monitoring of vocational education and training.