Priority area Sustainable economic development with a focus on vocational training/youth employment Creating training opportunities and jobs for young people

Even though Togo's economy is suffering under a shortage of skilled labour, it is very difficult for young people to find training opportunities or jobs. The vocational training system has serious shortcomings.

Vocational students enrolled in a motor vehicle mechanics course at a vocational school in Sokodé, Togo, are repairing a motorcycle.

Vocational students enrolled in a motor vehicle mechanics course at a vocational school in Sokodé, Togo, are repairing a motorcycle.

Vocational students enrolled in a motor vehicle mechanics course at a vocational school in Sokodé, Togo, are repairing a motorcycle.

There is a lack of money, equipment, teachers with practical training and adequate opportunities for girls and young women and for persons with disabilities. Moreover, the curricula often do not meet the needs of the economy.

"Dual" training – at school and on the job

With support from Germany, efforts are under way to improve young people's training, employment and income opportunities in specific growth regions in Togo. To that end, a "dual" (school-based and company-based) vocational training system has been set up in cooperation with associations and chambers of crafts and trades. At present, young people can choose between five different skilled trades for which they can train in the dual-cooperative system in six cities in Togo. The first set of trainees completed the programme in the autumn of 2018. The young people are now being aided in finding a job.

The programme also provided training to more than 40 experts from Togo on the modernisation of curricula and teaching materials. In this way, a foundation has been laid for Togo to develop further training programmes for specific trades on its own.

Germany is also assisting Togo in rehabilitating, expanding and equipping vocational schools, so that they will be able to enrol more pupils and buy modern tools and machinery. Germany is also providing funding for teacher training.

Support for business start-ups

In addition, entrepreneurial training is being provided to young people who wish to start their own business or improve the management of a business they already have. There is a special focus on the needs of young women and men who have little or no schooling, and on persons with physical disabilities. Togo's job placement agency is being assisted in improving its activities on careers information and guidance.