Freetown, 27 July 2022 (TDI): Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) implemented dual vocational training for improving the young people’s job opportunities in Sierra Leone that will ultimately increase their incomes.

Dual vocational training combines theoretical instruction at a vocational school with practical training in businesses. It is also a successful model and a distinctive aspect of the educational system in Germany.

The companies that offer vocational training make agreements with the trainee. Trainees hold dual positions as both workers and students at vocational schools. They are paid for the whole training session.

Obtaining high grades throughout vocational training offers excellent job possibilities and opportunities for a permanent job in the training company.

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Dual vocational training in Sierra Leone

In Sierra Leone, many people face challenges during job-seeking. Furthermore, 60% of the population is either jobless or underemployed and mostly includes women and young people. However, the nation needs competent employees to grow economically.

The chances of people finding employment are increasing by dual vocational training in Sierra Leone.

GIZ GmbH is assisting young people in obtaining training, seeking employment, and increasing their income to improve professional opportunities.

To provide young people the opportunity to put their academic knowledge to use in the practical world, GIZ is trying German-style dual vocational training on behalf of the German Development Ministry (BMZ) and the European Union.

Approximately 300 male and female teenagers have already received training. Additionally, students have a strong chance of finding employment. Moreover, almost 70% of businesses want to hire their trainees when they complete their program.

Richard Tamba Manga completed dual training to become an electrician. He said, “A university degree is no guarantee of a job. But you can always set up your own business with the technical skills you acquire during vocational training”.

Whether graduates choose to work for a firm or themselves, the practical training is useful throughout their working lives.

Rosaline Nyandebo said, “I had no previous knowledge when I trained as a motor mechanic. Today I can strip an engine and know how everything works. Nobody can ever take that away from me”.