The Private Sector Growth through Education for Employment (PSGEFE) project is bolstering the Senegalese private sector by developing technical and vocational training programs that meet local labour market needs. PSGEFE focuses on three priority sectors: agriculture, mining and geomatics.
Offered in partnership with Senegal’s Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training, and Crafts (MEFPA), PSGEFE seeks to modernize educational facilities and equipment to provide students with professional training opportunities and prepare them for the workforce. PSGEFE also helps technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions to become more autonomous and to improve their governance and management practices. It also supports them in developing curricula in priority areas, funds teacher-training initiatives and helps participating institutions to acquire the equipment they need for their courses.
PSGEFE is strengthening ties between the private sector and TVET institutions to better address the needs of the labour market. Partnering with the private sector helps to ensure that students learn skills that match local demand. PSGEFE’s “Employment-Training” committees are also helping recent graduates find jobs, giving them the tools they need to hone their entrepreneurial skills.
As with all CICan EFE initiatives, PSGEFE is opening the door to high-quality jobs for women and girls through incentives that improve their access to advanced technical training programs and that help them stay in school. In addition to advocating for gender equality, the project also recognizes the importance of the environment, risk management, stakeholder cooperation and good governance.