Vocational Training Support Programme

Mali is one of the poorest countries in the world. Major impediments to economic development include an unfavorable climate, around two-thirds of the land is desert and grave health risks including AIDS, malaria, and hepatitis. Unemployment and underemployment are widespread and more than half of adults are illiterate. Income distribution is very uneven. More than 70 percent of the population survives on less than US$1 per day. Training young people in crafts and agriculture can play an important role in Mali’s development, creating jobs and income while making use of local resources.

The Project

PAFP IV (2014 - 2017) is aimed at the economic integration of 40,000 people and the development of expanding economic sectors by means of vocational training leading to a qualification.

PAPF supports local government bodies in their role of managing and financing training with a view to consolidating regional vocational training schemes. The training projects selected for support by these schemes respond to local requirements where employment and economic development are concerned. They also enable the beneficiaries to integrate professionally and/or improve their incomes.

In 2014 the programme started a new phase (PAFP IV) which puts the accent on:

  • The facilitation of dialogue between the different public and private players involved in vocational training at a local level (socio-professional environments, training organisations, state-run technical services), for a better definition of the priorities and strategies affecting vocational training
  • Support for professional organisations and basic local players for the identification and formulation of training requirements
  • The strengthening of the capabilities of training providers for the development of relevant modules and the improvement of the quality of training courses
  • The implementation of a follow-up evaluation system which monitors the quality and effects (incomes, acquisition of skills) of the training courses financed 
  • The harmonisation of the strategies developed at local level with national positioning and policies.

Results

  • 47,000 people trained and integrated, including nearly 9,400 young unemployed people
  • More than 5300 young people were welcomed in the Youth Orientation Centres
  • (EOJ), by 14 guidance counsellors
  • Return to employment or creation of an economic activity for 770 youth through EOJ services ;
  • 54 Training Advisors (including seven women) mobilized with local organisations (OSPs, local authorities, local NGOs, etc.) in the 5 intervention regions
  • 300 trainers have undergone further training
  • 637 training modules produced and used by trainers.

Project countries

  • Mali

Project links

Project duration

2014 - 2018

Funding

  • SDC
  • Royal Embassy of Denmark

Working area

Skills

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