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Senegal: Enabling youth to enrol in skills for job training

2000 free education vouchers for young people, thanks to trade union advocacy

The programme for Transformation for the Use of Professional Skills (Transformation pour l’Utilisation des Compétences Professionnelles) was launched in December 2023 in response to the pressing need to improve youth employability in Senegal. The programme aims to provide much needed vocational training, specifically tailored to the labour market for young baccalaureate graduates.

Senegal Youth Job Training Skills Education

The 2023-2024 academic year marked a new milestone with the allocation of 2000 free training vouchers to young Senegalese. These vouchers allow them to enrol in long-term basic training courses varying from one to three years in length. This programme should lead to more young people obtaining various diplomas, such as a Certificate of Professional Skills (i.e., Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnel, or CAP) and other Bachelor’s degrees. It offers a promising horizon for young Senegalese, equipping them with the skills they need to thrive in the job market.


Senegal Youth Job Training Skills Education



The vouchers pave the way for young people to tailor-made training opportunities, ensuring they are better prepared for employment, especially in national and multinational companies.

Better preparation for young people

The advocacy efforts prepared within the CNV Internationaal Programme have positively influenced the government, employers, and the Director General of the Fonds de Financement de la Formation Professionnelle et Technique (3FPT) to enable these vouchers. It has paved the way for more tailor-made training opportunities, which will ensure that more young people are better prepared for employment available with both national and multinational companies.

Union lobbying helps young people enter the job market

Senegal Youth Job Training Skills Education

Aïda Sene (left), finally found a job as a teacher since her graduation from the National School of Applied Economics. She is also a Member of the Youth Committee of partner union UDTS. Khadiatou DIOUF (right), is a senior civil engineering technician who now works for the Consortium Sénégalais d’entreprises CDE. 

Publication date 28 05 2024