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The Artisanal Vocational Training Support Project (PAFPA)

The primary goal of the Artisanal Vocational Training Support Project (PAFPA) is to make the vocational system in Benin sustainable. This will allow socially disadvantaged youth with a solid vocational education to enter the labour force.

Benin’s state vocational education programme cannot satisfy the demands of the large number of young people striving for an education, and it also fails to meet the quality requirements of the labour market. Though a dual apprenticeship-based vocational education system has been introduced to Benin, it is not yet secure. Based on previous experience, this will require more than a decade and the cooperation of all important stakeholders, especially ministries, state financial bodies, and artisans associations. By promoting a market-oriented dual apprenticeship-based vocational education system, the project is making an important contribution towards disadvantaged youth successfully entering professional life and generating income for themselves and their families.

The Project

PAFPA helps to establish the vocational education system on the local, regional, and national levels, building cooperation with al important stakeholders in the field of education, namely the private sector, educational/training institutions, and government entities. Swisscontact has been promoting vocational education in Benin since 2002. A dual apprenticeship-based vocational system was set up around the country through collaboration with the Ministry of Secondary Education and Technical and Professional Training (MESTFP).

For the 2017-2020 project period, Swisscontact is engaged in improving the dual apprenticeship-based system through high-quality continuing education courses for vocational educators, trainers, and teachers. They learn technical and business skills as well as teaching methodologies and know-how to exercise their profession. They are then able to give their trainees not only a better education, but they also improve the services they offer their clients.  Artisans associations also play a key role in ensuring the quality of the dual apprenticeship-based system. They connect local artisans and their workplaces, where their apprentices are also trained, with various government ministries. Strengthening these associations encourages the long-term health of vocational education by enhancing their presence and ability to provide quality assurance.


  1. Strengthening of technical, administrative, and organisational skills of artisans associations
  2. 100 association members (62% of whom are women) have benefited from trainings
  3. Institutional, administrative, and operations analysis conducted on the MESTFP; this analysis produced a strategy with an action plan, improving the MESTFP’s internal structure

Project countries

  • Benin

Project duration

2017 - 2019


  • SDC

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