How to reform apprenticeship in Benin? Integrating modern and traditional systems
Traditional apprenticeship has been an important source of employment for most school dropouts and youth with no prior education in Benin. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the government introduced reforms that prohibited traditional practices, such as a popular graduation ceremony, and formalised the apprenticeship system as part of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). The recommendations put forward in this policy brief support further evolution of Benin’s strategy to allow the graduation ceremony to remain an option for celebrating the training completion, to the discretion of each graduate.
- Keep the graduation ceremony optional, to the discretion of each graduate.
- Adapt inclusive apprenticeship regulations or directives to specify the rights and responsibilities of apprentices and master craftspeople.
- Allocate sufficient funding to support the implementation of apprenticeship programmes, especially dual training.
- Revise the participation of master craftsmen and craftswomen in adapting apprenticeship regulations.
- Assign each class of craft occupations a role in monitoring how apprenticeship regulations and directives are applied.
Guy Sourou Nouatin, University of Parakou, Benin, email@example.com
Rubain Bankole, University of Parakou, Benin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Esaïe Gandonou, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, email@example.com
Sylvain Kpenavoun, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ursula Renold, ETH Zürich, email@example.com
Isabel Günther, ETH Zürich, firstname.lastname@example.org
r4d project “Linking Education and Labour Markets: Under what conditions can Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) improve the income of the youth?“
PDF: r4d Policy Brief 2022, No. 4