Creating Opportunities through Vocational Training

Ismaël Abdou, aged 24, is a dynamic young man living in Dogondoutchi in Niger. He was expelled from secondary school after failing the final examination and then turned to vocational training.
He began his apprenticeship at the workshop of Moussa Assoumana, a master craftsman electrician in Dogondoutchi. His workshop manager, noticing his potential, then enrolled him at the Centre de Formation des Artisans (CFA) of the commune in May 2017 so that he could follow a 15-month dual training in electricity for household appliances. Ismaël graduated at the top of his class with honours. Highly motivated by his work, he continues his apprenticeship alongside his boss for a year with an apprenticeship contract: "Now I feel I am well enough equipped to fully exercise the profession of building electrician. I see a real opportunity in this booming field. Whether it's electrical installations for the Nigerien electricity company (NIGELEC) or solar installations, I feel comfortable in both areas and I'm improving every day. My apprenticeship contract allows me to earn a good living, because I get paid every month."

Through trainings in line with the needs of their region and through quality support, the project FOPROR allows rapid and sustained integration of young people into the labor market. By strengthening its partners, Swisscontact sharpens the training offer and promotes the integration of the trained youth. FORPROR is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.