Support the Vocational Training and Labour Market Integration of Youth (ProEmploi)

The purpose of the project is to integrate young boys and girls aged 15 to 35 into the labour market in the regions of Agadez and Zinder.

Swisscontact has been mandated by GIZ’s “Programme ProEmploi” to facilitate the professional advancement of 5,000 youth completing the ProEmploi cash for work programme in the regions of Agadez and Zinder, totalling 15,000 youth beneficiaries.

Agadez, Niger
Project duration
2019 - 2020
Financed by
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The project

The project will be implemented using a systemic approach that facilitates skills acquisition together with supplementary management training and start-up support for a professional businesses activity.

The programme will support municipalities and regional councils to base professional trainings on local and regional priorities. A baseline survey of primary economic sectors for employment conducted in both regions will guide local and regional authorities in targeting their training activities. A regional committee for selecting and validating trainings supports actors to pilot training activities. Supplementary studies in the form of training needs assessments will identify more precisely the professions that will be the focus of the trainings.

In order to favour integration into the labour market of trained youth, the programme has implemented a guidance and coaching component for youth that will foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in beneficiaries and develop certain aptitudes such as independence and responsibility that are indispensable to launch one’s professional career, both as an individual and within a collective.   Each youth and youth group, depending on their needs and motivations, benefit from either one-to-one or group guidance, in particular through steps to formalize their professionalization, creating individual or collective units of production, accessing finance from microfinance institutions and development projects, and creating economic interest groups.


Expected Results

  • 4,100 young boys and girls have acquired technical skills through initial short-term professional facilitation trainings in order to practice a profession reflecting the needs of the local agricultural and artisanal sectors
  • 200 young boys and girls have acquired technical skills in the agropastoral sector thanks to a medium-duration training course allowing them to practice a profession within their family business
  • 5,000 young boys and girls have acquired management skills to improve their professional acumen
  • 5,000 young people are being supported with their entry into professional life (including 700 trained in phase 1 of the project in Agadez region)


Labour market insertion
Making a Living through Training in Cattle Feed Production and Breeding Techniques
Like many young people in his village in the south of Niger, Sanoussi Zankou went to neighbouring Nigeria to earn money every year during the lean season. Through the project that supports the training and professional integration of young people, financed by GIZ, he received training in breeding techniques and cattle feed production. Today...