Youth Employment in the Sahel Region

Project documentation | 27 January 2020
The project has two key components:
  • Global and sub-regional component – West Africa
    The component focuses on developing new knowledge related to the challenges young people face in accessing the labour market. The new products generated aim to influence national youth employment policies with a view in creating new opportunities for young people to access decent jobs. Various studies and publications, capacity building workshops and activities are planned and being implemented in 2019-2020.
  • National component – Burkina Faso
    Developing a quality apprenticeship system: To remedy the skills mismatch and unemployment among young people, we are implementing concrete actions linked to the key elements of the ILO approach to quality apprenticeships in order to improve and strengthen the national system. In addition, the programme is currently being piloted with the development of new educational tools, closely linked to the needs of the labour market. 150 young people benefit from training in two trades in the construction sector and they will be supported at the end of the training to increase their chances to integrate the labour market.

    Furthermore, the project attempts to better integrate youth employment into various and relevant national strategies, based on studies and surveys on what works for youth employment .