Senegal’s youth are ready for the opportunity to compete in today’s economy, but many of them lack the skills they need for success in the workforce. Many young people struggle to find jobs or remain underemployed for extended periods of time.
The Projet de l’amélioration des performances de travail et d’entreprenariat (APTE-Senegal) targets technical and vocational education and training (TVET) schools and lower secondary schools in six regions to offer work readiness and entrepreneurship services for students as well as professional development for teachers and administrators. APTE partners closely with the central-level Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training to ensure quality programming and that activities are imbedded within the school system.
APTE-Senegal focuses on improving young people’s workforce skills through the following activities:
- Incorporate a robust soft skills and entrepreneurship skills program within Senegal’s lower secondary schools
- Incorporate EDC’s Work Ready Now! curriculum and its transition-to-work and entrepreneurship services within TVET schools
- Build institutional capacity of national and regional ministries’ institutions in both TVET and secondary education to better prepare youth for real job opportunities
- Create linkages between youth, schools, and the private sector through school-to-work transition support, including job placement and internships
- APTE will reach 30,000 students and 1,575 teachers in six regions (Ziguinchor, Kolda, Sedhiou, Kedougou, Djourbel, and Thies) at 50 TVET schools and 200 lower secondary schools.