Reforming vocational education and training in Senegal

Project description

Title: Support to the reform of TVET in Senegal
Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country: Senegal
Lead executing agency: Ministry of Employment, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Apprenticeship and Professional Integration
Overall term: 2020 to 2023


Although 290,000 young people reach working age in Senegal every year, companies in growth sectors have difficulty finding qualified workers. The vocational education and training system is currently unable to train enough workers with the qualifications sought by the private sector.

Better coordination between the vocational education and training offered and the needs of the labour market is therefore a key prerequisite for promoting sustainable economic growth and prospects for decent employment. Vocational education and training is a high priority for the Senegalese Government, which aims for 30 per cent of primary school leavers to enter vocational training by 2025, compared with 6 per cent in 2015.


Formal vocational education and training is more oriented towards the needs of the private sector.


Within the scope of the German-Senegalese reform partnership, the project is active in three fields of action:

It advises state institutions in order to make the management of the vocational education and training system more uniform, more inclusive and more geared to the labour market.

It promotes permanent and systematic cooperation between the state and the private sector in vocational education and training both in general and in five specific areas. Moreover, with the ‘Formation Ecole-Entreprise’ programme (training in schools and businesses), it strengthens a cooperative training strategy that the Government and private sector are implementing together.

In the economic regions of Dakar/Thiès, Saint-Louis and Ziguinchor, the project is working together with Swiss cooperation to support the development of cooperative training in line with the ‘Formation Ecole-Entreprise’ concept. To begin with, 500 young people in 13 promising professions are taking part, at least 35 per cent of whom are women.

Last update: August 2021