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Trainings and further education

Preparation for working life

Are you wondering what life will be like for you after school, for example in vocational training or self-employment? Would you like information to help you prepare?

The APTE-Senegal project (Amélioration des Performances de Travail et d’Entreprenariat) supports you with the transition between school and working life:

  • You can take part in training that is designed to help you meet employers' expectations.  
  • You can learn technical and practical skills for working life (through work placements, courses, open days, and more). In some regions, the focus is on agriculture, while in others, it’s on mining and industry.
  • You can exchange ideas with representatives from the private sector.
  • You’ll learn more about the demands of working life.
  • You can join entrepreneurship clubs that enhance your career.

This project is being run at 50 technical and vocational colleges and at 200 middle schools in the following six regions: Diourbel, Kédougou, Kolda, Sédhiou, Thiès and Ziguinchor.  

The project is implemented in cooperation with partners such as the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and local partners (Caritas Kolda, Caritas Ziguinchor, Jeunesse et Développement and YMCA).

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Support for the self-employed and for companies

The AjeSud project (Accompagnement des jeunes vers l’emploi au Sud du Sénégal) helps you to be successful in your self-employment or in your business.  

You can apply if you run a very small, a small or a medium-sized business.
The following services are available:

  • You can take part in training courses that are adapted to your needs.
  • You are given individual mentoring and the coaches meet with you on a regular basis. They help you to implement your entrepreneurial projects.
  • This can involve you being given financial support to realise your projects. 
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Starting a business for young people

The “Skills development project for young entrepreneurs in the emerging sectors” (PDCEJ) can promote your vocational development.

This project assists you to start your own business or create a start-up in the following sectors:

  • Hydrocarbons
  • Renewable energies
  • Agriculture
  • Hides and skins

The project also offers you apprenticeships and training in these sectors.

Please note the conditions for participation.

This link provides more information about the project:

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Training and starting a business

The Senegalese association CONFESEN helps people with training and starting a business. Their aim is to reduce poverty in Senegal.

Their services include:

  • Vocational training
  • Placement in “green jobs”, for example through traineeships or qualifications
  • Help with starting a business, for example by preparing business plans
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Online learning and networking

e-Taggat is a website and e-learning platform that helps young women and men to look for a job and get started in their working life. One of the organisations that set up e-Taggat was ANPEJ, the Senegalese employment agency for young people.

You can use this website to network. You can also take part in online learning; there is a range of different courses. You must be between 18 and 35. You can use the website free of charge.

There are also mentoring programmes. That means that you can get individual help from someone with a lot of experience.

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Training for welders

The Pôle de Développement Industriel (PDI-SA) in Dakar offers a range of skills development opportunities for welders. To be accepted on a course, you must already be able to weld.

You can gain a number of different qualifications.

You will have to pay a fee for the course.

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Training for technical jobs

The Centre d’Entrepreneuriat et de Développement Technique Sénégal-Inde (Entrepreneur and Technical Development Centre (CEDT – le G15)) in Dakar offers training courses in a number of different fields. Applicants must be at least 23 years old. Training is available in:

  • geomatics
  • mechanical maintenance
  • electronics
  • electrical engineering
  • refrigeration and air conditioning technology
  • metallurgy
  • civil engineering.

You can find information about how to apply on the website. You will have to pay a fee for the training.

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Funding for young people

3FPT was set up by the government. It helps young women and men to pay for their training.

You can apply for a voucher to train for a job. Applicants must be between 16 and 35 years of age. Training is available in the following areas:

  • information technology and communication; here you will learn how phones work, for example
  • mechanics
  • skilled trades
  • sport
  • culture
  • tourism
  • horticulture
  • poultry farming
  • farming
  • construction
  • logistics.

3FPT has offices in the following places:

  • Dakar
  • Diourbel
  • Saint-Louis
  • Tambacounda
  • Ziguinchor.
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Training and advice

The Office Nationale de Formation Professionnelle (National Office for Vocational Training (ONFP)) can advise you on training courses throughout Senegal.

ONFP will help if you are looking for training opportunities in Senegal. It has a lot of information on this topic.

ONFP also runs its own training courses. Training is available in the following areas:

  • farming
  • electronics
  • energy
  • the gas industry.

You would have to pay for these training courses, but you can get financial help.
There are offices in various places throughout Senegal. If you would like the address of an office near you, just call their phone number.

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