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 seven 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.

Key Activities

APTE-Senegal focuses on improving young people’s workforce skills through the following activities:

  • Build capacity of key local partners—public, private and civil society institutions—to offer and support sustainable and market driven employability and school-to-work transition programming
  • Incorporate a transferrable skills curriculum and entrepreneurship skills program within Senegal’s lower secondary schools
  • Implement  work readiness curriculum and school-to-work transition program in TVET schools
  • Create linkages between youth, schools, and the private sector through school-to-work transition support, including job placement and internships

Learn more by reading "How APTE is Bridging School-to-Work Transition for Youths in Senegal"


  • Works with 50 TVET school and 200 lower-secondary schools in seven regions of Senegal
  • 11,000+ youth enrolled in APTE training during school hours
  • 6,000+ youth enrolled and mentored in after school entrepreneurship clubs
  • 1500+ teachers trained in gender inclusive APTE curricula
  • 260+ school directors and inspectors trained to monitor and support teachers during Implementation of APTE curricula and after-school activities

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EDC Staff
Seni Diop
The MasterCard Foundation