In 2001, Benin launched a reform of its policy of Technical and Professional Training (ETFP) to strengthen the educational system’s capacity to increase the number of available qualified trained workers. The reform also aims to improve the quality of formal and informal training offered to those workers by upgrading programmes to reflect the socio-economic environment. The ultimate aim of this reform is to generate a workforce in Benin capable of overcoming the challenges presented by a new globalised economy based on knowledge and information.
Out of this ETFP reform came the dual apprenticeship-based vocational training system. This training system takes place both in the workshops of master artisans who have enrolled their apprentices into this mechanism and at vocational training centres accredited by the state. It allows trained artisan apprentices to earn the Certificat de Qualification Professionnelle (certificate of professional qualification) upon completion of a national exam organised by state institutions in collaboration with the private sector.
From 2002 to 2016, Swisscontact in Benin made substantial contributions to developing this training mechanism by providing training curricula, training of trainers (ToT), advanced training of master artisans, and miscellaneous institutional support to build the capacity for stakeholders, which include Professional Training Centres as well as the public and private sectors, to design and implement programmes.
The PAFPA initiative has come at the right moment to improve the professional training system in Benin, a country that lacks a basic ToT system for the ETFP subsector. Furthermore, advanced professional trainings in Benin are ineffective, both at the ETFP administrative level as well as at the National Institute of Engineering Training and Capacity Building of Trainers (INIFRCF), the latter not yet even operational.
Finally, in terms of the role played by professional artisans’ associations in dual apprenticeship-based vocational training, the project will strengthen these structures on both a technical and organisational level. It will help local associations to provide better and higher value services to their members, ensuring member loyalty as well as helping further the development of their respective trades.
The project aims to improve the quality of dual apprenticeship-based vocational by enhancing the professional skills of trainers at training centres and at artisanal workshops.
More specifically, the program will:
The general programme implementation strategy of PAFPA II is composed of the following components:
2017 - 2020
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