Implementation of dual training in Senegal: technical partners and the Ministry of Vocational Training take stock

As part of supporting young people towards employment, German Cooperation and the European Union have supported the deployment of School-Business Training in Senegal. Yesterday, Tuesday May 14, a forum was organized to capitalize on experiences from the implementation of dual vocational training in Senegal.

Since 2018, German Cooperation and the European Union through GIZ have supported the employability of young people in Senegal through dual vocational training in Senegal as part of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG Dakar 2026). This allows young people to train in a company while taking courses in a vocational school. After the end of the 1st phase of operation, the Technical Committee for monitoring the implementation of dual training, the School-Business Training Program (PF2E) of the Ministry of Vocational Training (MFP) and their partners from the Initiative FIT Senegal organized yesterday, Tuesday, May 14, a forum to capitalize on the experiences of the implementation of dual vocational training in Senegal. Speaking, the cooperation officer at the German embassy, ​​Nina Neubecker, took stock of the first phase. “I would like to congratulate all the partners present for their commitment to School-Business training in the regions of Dakar, Diourbel, Kaolack, Saint-Louis, Thiès and Ziguinchor. You have succeeded in launching classes in 12 very diverse professions and in 5 sectors with the participation of around 31 establishments, around 200 companies and more than 800 new learners since 2023. This marks a new stage in the scaling of the School-Business training in Senegal for the benefit of young Senegalese people,” she said. These are the industrial, construction and public works, digital, agribusiness, hotel and tourism sectors.

For his part, Ndiogou Sène, technical advisor to the Minister of Vocational Training, returned to the importance of dual training. “Dual training in its principles means a longer presence time in a company than in a resource center but it is also and above all a training method. The analysis that we had to do with previous training models was that there was always this problem of integrating young people trained. And with experience but especially with the support of Swiss and German cooperation, we realized that in countries where dual training is applied, the unemployment rate has become lower. One of the explanations is that in these countries, we apply dual training,” he said. According to him, “it is therefore already an entry by the company which is important and therefore the complementary training in terms of general skills, we acquire them in resource centers, the particular skills which are the core of the profession, are often learned in business “. Indeed, today’s world remains open and competitive. This is why, Ndiogou Sène will say, “human resources, human capital, the demographic dividend, these are resources on which each country should rely to establish sustainable development”. According to him, the Ministry of Vocational Training is part of this dynamic to provide young people with skills that will facilitate their integration.

Nina Neubecker also announced that “German cooperation and the European Union will continue their support for School-Business training in Senegal during a second phase of the project which begins without interruption next month”.

MARIAME DJIGO

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