Apprenticeship-based dual training and education is an effective mechanism of professional training that can provide sustainable solutions for providing sufficient professional qualifications to young people who have failed at school or find themselves in a precarious socio-economic situation. Benin is committed over the long term to developing this training approach, continuously improving the system’s ability to respond to the challenges of training and labour market demands.
It appears necessary nevertheless to build the capacity of the Ministry of Technical Education & Professional Training to pilot apprenticeship-based dual education. Such capacities involve:
It is equally important to improve the quality of trainings offered. The proliferation of private training centres increases quantitative outreach substantially but it is quite unequal. The weak diversity of training institutions and poor prospects for labour market insertion have resulted in the saturation of certain economic sectors and ineffective linkages with the job market. MSMEs already struggling to grow are weakened by market developments and different technologies. Training is often of poor quality in underequipped workshops.
Consequently, apprenticeship-based dual vocational training seems less and less attractive, to the extent that young people struggling for autonomy are turning increasingly to rapid sources of revenue that do not require qualifications and feature low entry barriers for self-employment in Benin or in neighbouring countries. For the system to solve the problem of employability effectively, it is necessary to base training on the needs of the local economy, supporting the productivity and competitiveness of economic actors.
The overall project objective is to enhance the employability of young people by improving the apprenticeship-based training on offer, which in turn will improve skills among labourers, a key factor in the country’s economic development. It specifically targets the apprenticeship-based dual vocational training system, which is currently being restructured in line with a reform of the technical and vocational education system.
The project’s target beneficiaries are youth seeking or already attending apprenticeship-based vocational training as well as professionals requiring additional qualifications, be they business owners or salaried employees. The project advises public sector actors both at the national and regional levels, professional associations, businesses, consulting organisations, trainers, and local collectives to improve their services and ensure they are active participants in the systemic development desired.
The project is financed by the French Development Agency (AFD) and implemented by the Swisscontact/IRAM (Institute for Research and Application of Development Methods) Consortium for a period of thirty six (36) months starting in 2015. The project is structured around three complementary objectives:
2015 - 2017
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