Since January 2020, GRET and its Belgian partner Eclosio have been conducting the activities of the “Vocational & technical training and employability” programme in the areas of professional integration and employability of young people in Senegal. This substantial programme is run by the Senegalese ministry of Employment, Vocational training and craft businesses and funded by Luxemburg’s development cooperation agency as part of the Indicative cooperation programme IV between Senegal and Luxemburg. It is aimed at strengthening the vocational and technical training system and systems for support into employment in order to facilitate the development of an offer in line with economic requirements in the regions of operation.
Over a three-year period, GRET and Eclosio‘s action will contribute more specifically to boosting systems for professional integration and development of employment for young people through innovation and experimentation in the target zones in the north and centre of the country, and in the suburbs of Dakar. Public and private stakeholders in the regions will be strengthened and more than 3,500 young people will be guided and supported with their professional integration, either into paid employment or by creating their own business. Involvement of civil society and the private sector and multi-stakeholder consultation, combined with a region-based approach, are the action’s main principles of intervention and the foundations for its sustainability.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and following in real time the instructions of the different local and national authorities, GRET’s teams adapted their working methods to continue to carry out their mission of general interest in the best possible way, while acting at their own level to limit the spread of the virus as much as possible.