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Support the Training and Professional Advancement of Youth in the Agadez Region

The project to Support the Training and Professional Advancement of Youth in the Agadez Region promotes quality vocational training adapted to local socio-economic realities on the ground in order to create an enabling environment for the sustainable professional advancement of youth aged 15 to 35 in Agadez Region. This Region is particularly affected by un- and underemployment, as well as by the negative effects of migration.

The Project

During an initial 9-month experimental phase implemented solely in Agadez Region, a Swisscontact operations team experienced in vocational training and used to working in the region set up a response mechanism addressing various training needs in the fields of artisanry, services, construction, production, and agro-processing, in cooperation with various partners and the regional authorities.

The project to support the training and professional advancement of youth aims to fill unmet demand for youth training and professional advancement of training course graduates. This programme targets young women and men aged 15 to 35, serving both the educated and those without a formal education, and uses an integrated approach that accounts for youth unemployment, the complexity of migration, and the various challenges the region faces.

Project Objectives

Specific objectives

  • Young men and women will be able to access diversified training courses that are adapted to the opportunities and needs of the local market;
  • Strategies favouring employability and labour market insertion for young people in Agadez Region will be in place (workshop schools, cash for work programs, etc.);
  • Local governance improved through training mechanisms and closer partnerships with professional organisations.

The intervention strategy emphasizes the following:

  • Consolidating the benefits from training offered by the rural vocational training and employability programme (FOPREJ) _2013-2017: FOPREJ training mechanisms (SIFA and FIP) will be redirected and consolidated. The possibility of other actors replicating these mechanisms in other regions will be explored and will constitute an indicator of their relevance and effectiveness.
  • Capacity building and support to various actors: the capacity of local public entities (the Regional Council and municipalities) to steer the training system and facilitate young people’s employment and entry into the labour force will be strengthened. They will receive support in their efforts to facilitate young graduates’ entry into the labour force and fight irregular migration.
  • Accounting for gender: vocational training is a powerful tool for socio-economic integration of women and young girls. Furthermore, the project to support the training and professional advancement of youth will help key actors to strengthen the following aspects: prioritising activities accessible to women, organising trainings that take the differences in men’s and women’s work profiles into account, and encouraging young women to pursue modern professions with strong development potential (agro-processing, solar energy, mobile phone repairs, etc.).


  • 1,000 girls and boys (40% girls) will have acquired the skills needed to exercise a profession.

  • Vocational training mechanisms in place that ensure quality trainings.
  • 525 youth will be participating in school workshops under the “cash for work” principle to build community infrastructure, for example rural plumbing and rehabilitating the “koris” (natural desert reservoirs). The strategies implemented will ensure that young people are given sufficient guidance to organise into producer groups, which will help their professional advancement into the local economic fabric.
  • 33% of young people trained found a professional activity.
  • Professional training stakeholders at the regional and municipal levels of Agadez Region will be involved in designing, implementing, and monitoring training and labour market insertion mechanisms.
  • Local professional organisations and interest groups will be strengthened in their abilities to manage the training and labour market integration system.
  • Two rehabilitated and functional Integrated Agricultural Training Sites with 100 young people in training (54 girls).
  • Three information and youth guidance platforms and two Spaces Youth Orientation supported.

Project files

Project countries

  • Niger

Project duration

2018 - 2019


  • GIZ

Working area


Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
Hardturmstrasse 123
CH-8005 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 454 17 17
Fax +41 44 454 17 97
E-Mail info@STOP-SPAM.swisscontact.org