The city of Dakhla will host the first African forum on vocational training
Rabat – Morocco’s Dakhla in Western Sahara will house a two-day vocational training forum, the first of its kind in the region. The will take place on December 21-22.
The Ministry of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research will organize the forum, which will take place under the theme “the Governance of vocational training systems for employability and competitiveness in Africa.”
The forum is in line with King Mohammed VI’s strategy to increase South-South cooperation. The event will serve as a platform for vocational training from various countries professionals to exchange expertise. It aims to create a model of partnership between African countries in order to promote access to vocational training for youth, according to the ministry.
The forum will also be an opportunity to examine the issues and common challenges related to the governance of vocational training in Africa.
King Mohammed VI believes that vocational training will help curb the unemployment crisis in Morocco. Throughout the year, the King called on Morocco’s government to set up measures to meet youths employment demands. This follows changes in Morocco due to direct investment from abroad, particularly in renewable energies, the automotive industry and many other opportunities offered in the labor market.
In October, the monarch instructed the government to create a committee in charge of suggesting specific solutions to curb youth unemployment. He also called for the government to put in place new vocational training programs, new training centers, and to reinforce youth entrepreneurship programs.
The unemployment rate remains high among young people aged 15-24, representing 27.5 percent. Earlier this month, the secretary of state for higher education, Khalid Samadi, said that people who have degrees from vocational training schools are most likely to find jobs.
He said that a field study by the Ministry of Education found that 63 percent of students with vocational training find jobs within nine months of graduation.