The Imyeta project (“Improve Malian youth employability through apprenticeship”), conducted by GRET and , and funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation , aims to improve access for young rural people to decent employment by providing them with quality vocational training.
After a period of training for the apprenticeship tutors, extensive work on raising awareness and encouraging involvement of parents, village authorities, chambers of trades and agriculture, and State services, the first apprenticeship training courses for the growth trades selected as part of the project started in June in three regions of Mali. 550 young people – including 27 % of women – are participating in these.
Over a 6 to 24 month period, the apprenticeships will be completed with professional integration support, in order to strengthen prospects for the young people’s access to employment. All these initiatives contribute to the fight against under-employment, which is rampant in these rural areas of the Sahel.