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Vocational education, on-the-job training and labour market integration of young workers in urban West Africa

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dc.contributor.author Nordman, Christophe J.
dc.contributor.author Pasquier-Doumer, Laure
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-25T16:35:53Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-25T16:35:53Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other 2012/ED/EFA/MRT/PI/30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10625/53072
dc.description Background paper prepared for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2012 “Youth and skills: Putting education to work” en
dc.description.abstract Using surveys covering seven West African economic capitals in the early 2000s, this paper describes the labour market integration of youth with regard to their level of formal education and to the type of vocational training they received. We particularly focus on the informal sector and look at activity rates, unemployment, earnings, job quality and small firm performance in order to identify the key features of youth labour market integration. To our knowledge, these features of Africa’s labour markets are rarely documented at a sectoral level using representative samples of urban areas. The overall results suggest that the youth are the most disadvantaged in terms of unemployment, access to the formal sector, and earnings. We provide some evidence that vocational education might be a good instrument for integrating the formal sector and that it is often more profitable than general education in terms of earnings and firm performance, especially at higher levels of schooling. Generally, education, especially at high levels, provides a substantial growth in earnings in informal jobs in most of the cities studied. Regarding the incidence of vocational education and training (VET), the main form observed is traditional apprenticeship. Overall, young workers without any formal VET are the more disadvantaged in terms of working conditions, while workers who benefited from a traditional apprenticeship in a small firm occupy an intermediate position. Apprenticeship training for young workers seems to be fairly prevalent in the informal sector, but the associated working conditions are bad, and kinship ties seem to be there a crucial channel for training access. en
dc.format Text en
dc.format.extent 1 digital file (43 p. : ill.) en
dc.format.mimetype Application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Education for All Global Monitoring Report en
dc.subject VOCATIONAL EDUCATION en
dc.subject DEVELOPMENT TRAINING en
dc.subject LABOUR MARKET en
dc.subject YOUNG WORKERS en
dc.subject LEVELS OF EDUCATION en
dc.subject INFORMAL SECTOR en
dc.subject UNEMPLOYMENT en
dc.subject APPRENTICESHIP en
dc.subject URBAN AREAS en
dc.subject WEST AFRICA en
dc.title Vocational education, on-the-job training and labour market integration of young workers in urban West Africa en
dc.type Working Paper en
idrc.project.number 107233
idrc.project.componentnumber 107233002
idrc.project.title An investigation into the determinants of business performance in Francophone Africa en
idrc.dspace.access IDRC Only en
idrc.rims.adhocgroup IDRC SUPPORTED en
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