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.
- The program was launched in 2014 and will extend until March 2021
- Partner Institution: Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training, and Crafts (MEFPA)
- 36 technical training programs developed and offered at Senegalese technical training institutions
- The project involves the collaboration of 15 Canadian colleges and CEGEPs and 14 Senegalese technical training institutions
- PSG-EFE empowers girls through incentives that improve their access to advanced technical training, help them stay in school and assist them in finding high-quality jobs.
- This project will provide training for approximately 13,500 Senegalese students and 250 instructors over 10 years.
The Senegal PSG-EFE is funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (2014-2021). It has a budget of CAD $20M, $8M of which is earmarked for the purchase of stateoftheart educational equipment. PSGEFE will also receive CFA $5B from the Senegalese government (CAD $12M) to build and renovate educational facilities.