Is the government running out of time to come up with an effective solution to curb unemployment and integrate youth into the labor market?
Rabat – Yesterday, King Mohammed VI chaired a working meeting a the Royal Palace of Rabat to discuss programs to upgrade vocational training and improve options and teaching methods.
Education and vocational training have been hot topics at the government council’s weekly meetings at the request of King Mohammed VI.
In addition to health and social disparities, King Mohammed VI has been calling on Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani’s cabinet to make more efforts to ensure better education to guarantee students job opportunities after graduation.
The King also urged the government to upgrade programs for vocational training, which he believes could increase employment.
“Vocational training is a powerful lever for employment, provided it receives the attention it deserves and as long as it is given a new status as well as a broader scope,” King Mohammed VI said in a speech.
Yesterday, the monarch met with senior officials, including El Othmani.
During the meeting, King Mohammed VI asked for a realistic approach that “rigorously sets priorities according to the needs of the national economy and the labor market, and the social expectations and aspirations of Moroccans,” according to a statement from the royal office.
The government promised that it is finalizing its vocational training program and it will be “elaborated in accordance with the royal guidelines.”
King Mohammed VI tasked a commission with proposing concrete solutions to provide job opportunities for young Moroccans.
According to the commission’s statement, it will present its proposal at the next and final meeting.
The King ordered the creation of a committee to elaborate specific solutions to curb youth unemployment on October 1.
The vocational training project aims to create new training programs for sectors with high economic potential and improve training in more traditional sectors, such as handicrafts or agriculture.
The projects are a series of four-month training programs, to assist young people working in the informal sector with enhanced technical and language skills.
Four weeks after King Mohammed VI ordered the creation of the commission, El Othmani asked the monarch to give his commission more time to find solutions for unemployment.
The unemployment rate remains high among young people aged 15-24, at 27.5 percent.
A statement issued this year by the High Commission for Planning (HCP) notes that Morocco’s overall unemployment rate fell slightly, from 10.2 percent to 9.8 percent, from 2017 to 2018.
Another recent statement from HCP said that Morocco’s working age population, aged 15 and older, numbered 25,950,000 people in 2018, but the active population of people employed or seeking employment was 11,979,000.
The unemployment rate of those with a vocational training certificate is 23.9 percent: 36.5 percent for women and 19.3 percent for men.