Josué ADISSO, Director of Engineering and Training Operations at the Fund for the Development of Continuing Professional Training and Apprenticeship (FODEFCA) in Benin
"In recent years, we have managed two actions that we would like to share with our colleagues here and abroad."
It is a short training in traditionally male trades; this refers, for example, to the manufacture of agglos, the manufacture of kitchen silica where fire is used, the repair of cell phones which involves the handling of electricity, the installation and maintenance of solar panels ....
It is necessary to go up on ladders; there it is a work of man but it is women that we trained for that.
These jobs are male professions. But we have been able to train five hundred young girls thanks to the projet, financé par la banque mondiale.
To achieve this, the first step was to issue a notice of interest for a given profile.
It was then opened for those who met this profile or who wanted to do this short training, the registrations having recorded, in the interval of two weeks, for all the national territory, more than 7000 young girls.
Why only 500 girls?
Director of Engineering and Training Operations at FODEFCA in Benin
Since this was only an experimental phase and resources were limited, it was necessary to screen the participants. This process allowed us to retain those who seemed highly motivated, those who could do the work after the training. It is a priori those that we have retained. The training of these 500 girls lasted six (06) weeks for some trades and almost three months for others.
To build the pedagogical process, we have elaborated, thanks to pedagogical engineering, the output profile to know on which competence the training should focus. We mainly took into account the needs of the goods and services market in relation to the traditional trades of agglomerates manufacturing.
Which are the most popular on the market?
These are the questions that allowed us to define the output profile. With this profile, we made the candidates available to the selected training centers.
The same device was used to manage a training action in partnership with HANDICAP International.
This time, it was not a question of traditionally male professions, but rather of professions that lead to services for people with disabilities.
These were mainly sewing, shoe making, hairdressing, computer maintenance, screen printing, graphic design, ruminant and poultry breeding, etc. On the basis of the selected output profiles, the training centers have declined the skills into training contents that have been realized.
Two cohorts have benefited from this training
The first one was 104 people and the second oneème was 84. It is true that there were some dropouts for health reasons, but I am proud to say that many of them were able to settle down. Some of them were successfully placed in professional internships that could lead to jobs. The lesson learned is that we have entered into an inclusive intervention that takes into account the alignment of marginalized segments of society.