Morocco World News
Fez, January 30, 2012
Tens of hundreds of protesters from all regions of Morocco gathered today in the capital Rabat to express their dismay at the Director General of Office of Vocational Training and Promotion of Employment, known as OFPPT.
The protesters march, which started from Bab Elhed and stopped in front of the House of Parliament, comes after a series of protests and sit-ins to demand better working conditions, as well as other social-professional demands related to retirement, health care and salaries.
The Office of Vocational Training and Promotion of Employment (OFPPT) was created in 1974 with the aim of providing vocational training for young Moroccans in different professions and trade to minimize the effect of unemployment. OFPPT launched a development plan between 2008 and 2015 with the aim of training 1, 000. 000 young Moroccans. In the same year, some 194, 000 young Moroccans were receiving their training in the different training centers across the country.
Many of the protesters are part-time trainers who have worked under a one-year contracts and they are demanding their immediate insertion in OFPPT as full-time employees. It should be noted that the OFFPT relies in much of its training programs on contracted trainers who work part-time under a one-year contract.