Development of vocational training in Burkina Faso
Improving the chance of finding employment thanks to better professional qualifications
Although vocational training is the gateway to the world of work and plays a key role in efforts to reduce poverty, access remains difficult for much of the population in many countries. In Burkina Faso, the SDC supports a programme of vocational training in the areas of crafts, agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry. The approach is one of dual apprenticeship based on the Swiss model.
In Burkina Faso, the main sectors of the economy -- agriculture, animal husbandry and crafts – are short of qualified workers. Each year hundreds of thousands of young people enter the labour market with no qualifications, swelling the ranks of those old enough to work yet who can rarely find a job because of their lack of preparation. As a result, more and more young people are leaving rural areas for the new urban centres. This lack of access to training and employment leads to social tension, not only among the young but among the population as a whole.
A vocational training programme supported by Switzerland offers training tailored to the needs of, and accessible to, both adults and youths in the five regions of Burkina Faso. Most of the young people left school early and are thus lacking in education. By learning a trade, acquiring technical skills and developing professional abilities, young people and adults will have a better chance of finding decent work and escaping the poverty trap. They will also be less tempted by the new urban agglomerations.
Facilitating dual apprenticeships
Based on the Swiss model, this system has the advantage of meeting the needs of both unemployed youths and the local economy. It gives young people a foot in the labour market as they learn appropriate skills. At the same time, the various sectors of the economy are able to call upon a better trained and qualified workforce.
Diversification of training opportunities
Even so, training opportunities remain insufficient. In a country where 80% of the population live in rural areas, not enough has been done to promote agriculture, animal husbandry and forestry. The programme’s objective is to train 500 trainers of both sexes who will then be farmed out to pass on their know-how and skills so that by 2016 there will be an estimated 50,000 beneficiaries, half of them female.
Mobilising socio-professional organisations and communities
Brief description of the projectCorporate Domain
Education and vocational training
The Support Fund for Vocational Training and Apprenticeship, the National Federation of Artisans of Burkina Faso and its local offices, the Applied Sciences and Technology Research Institute, the Minister in charge of technical education and vocational training,
the cooperation agencies of Austria, Luxembourg and Germany, the French Development Agency (AFD), the African Development Bank (ADB)
Each year hundreds of thousands of young people arrive on the labour market with no vocational training. And yet the agricultural, animal husbandry and forestry sectors which are the backbone of the economy are unable to find qualified staff. Most of the working age population have no professional qualifications.
Ensure that all members of the population – male and female, adults and adolescents – have access to suitable training.
The general population, youths deprived of education, artisans and those engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry.
CHF 5 million
July 2012 – June 2016
West Africa Division
Additional Information and Documents
- Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso has been an SDC priority country since 1976. Swiss development programme activities foc...