“Youth for Sustainable Employment” Project

Training and professional integration
  • 48 monthsapril 2021-march 2025
  • Chad

Strengthen the sector of training and vocational integration for vulnerable young Chadian graduates and non-graduates. 

Places of intervention

Chad
  • Abéché
  • Bongor
  • Moundou
  • N'Djamena
  • Sarh

« To recover stronger from COVID-19, the role of youth in the Sahel is expected to be crucial. While this generation is actively committed to meeting the challenge, structural constraints persist and the entrepreneurial ecosystem remains very fragile by the crisis. Post-COVID-19 Chad is a land of opportunity. Nearly half of its population is under 15 years old (48.12%) and it will double in the next 20 years. There is huge potential in the agriculture, livestock, energy and digital technology sectors. The socio-economic inclusion of this force is therefore an unprecedented challenge. Young people must have access to the job market. The unemployment rate among those under 25 is estimated at 22% and the underemployment rate at 35% » 

This observation, taken from a UNDP article in 2020 in Chad, perfectly illustrates the current challenges of training and professional integration in Chad. It is anchored in a broader context where, in the IDH ranking, Chad is among the five poorest countries in the world (186th out of 189), with 66.2% of the population living in extreme poverty. Women are particularly affected by this poverty. They face multiple barriers, including access to vocational training. 

Our engagements

  • Make vulnerable young people actors in their own future, through training and integration into economic life, particularly through entrepreneurship 

  • Strengthen guidance, training and integration support systems in the long term by consolidating local support for the systems set up in the districts 

  • Strengthen national and local governance of the training and vocational integration sector 

The project in action

  • Offer young people Human Training modules to enable them to develop the "soft skills" and "human competencies" sought by employers
  • Set up 3 to 6 month vocational training courses with a practical focus, depending on local labour market opportunities
  • Support young people in their professional integration: searching for internships, writing CVs, preparing for interviews, etc.
  • Develop tool stores to enable young entrepreneurs to access expensive equipment at low cost and develop their business
  • Develop local networks made up of public and private training and entrepreneurship actors in the 5 intervention cities in order to structure a sustainable and clear local governance
  • Develop a mobile BFE to reach the most excluded young people
  • Support our partners in their development: training in accounting management, HR, finding an economic model…
  • Support young organic producers so that they can structure themselves into groups of agricultural entrepreneurs and add value to their ecological production on the Chadian markets
  • ntegrate Employment Guidance Offices directly into Vocational Training Centres
The nugget !

Support the empowerment of Employment Training Offices (ETO)! 4 years after their creation, the ETO – which were designed on the model of local missions – still depend on international development subsidies, having not yet found their own economic models. The Project intends to support the latter to become autonomous by working towards the sustainability of their activity: sources of financing, support of public and private actors, training in financial management, expansion of the services offered, etc. so many actions to enable them to establish themselves sustainably in the Chadian landscape, in order to serve their communities in the long term and avoid a post-project closure.

Since my participation in the Bab Al Amal project (previous project), I have found the hope that seemed to be far from me before. Thanks to my income as an electrician, I was able to leave the family home to rent a personal home. I can take care of my family and help my loved ones in case of difficulties, I bought a motorcycle to facilitate my travel. I am beginning to be asked outside the city of Moundou to work on new sites. I have plans to train other vulnerable young people in building electricity once I have consolidated my micro-business.
Anderson 28 years old Moundou, Chad

Some data...

  • 1500 young people trained
  • 2500 young people benefiting from technical workshops and job search
  • 150 graduates receiving paid internships
  • 5 national NGO partners
  • 11 Community Based Partner Organizations
  • 53 Chadian civil society organizations involved
  • 300 partner companies for contracted internships

By our side on this project

Financial Partners