Which type of Regional Partnership Frameworks to Bring together Vocational Training Stakeholders in Mauritania?

One of Nouadhibou Technical College’s trainers
One of Nouadhibou Technical College’s trainers

In the context of the implementation of the Programme Contributing to the Operationalization of Reforms (PROCOR), the IIEP-Pôle de Dakar and the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training and Information and Communication Technology (MEFPTIC) launched a programme to clarify the roles of different players, both public and private, involved in every aspect of TVT.

The aim is to accompany public and private regional players in the design and preparation of the conditions to set up regional partnership mechanisms that are both operational and representative, providing scope for discussion and collaboration, to guide and accompany TVT according to the needs of the national economy. This role clarification process will span the identification of labor market needs to the monitoring of trainees’ professional integration, through the determination of required skills, training content and the most appropriate approaches, considering the country and its economic sectors’ contexts, and their evolution.

In order to fulfill the conditions for the set-up of effective regional partnership frameworks (RPFs) for the improved steering of TVT in targeted economic sectors, a preparatory expert mission is planned for July and August to work towards the proper sensitization of stakeholders regarding the importance of public-private partnerships for the development of vocational education, at the regional level.

On that basis, it will be feasible to collectively reach a clear and shared definition of the RPFs , their structure, composition and operating modes, in particular to clarify the positioning of training centers’ “school councils” and boards of governors with respect to RPFs and to highlight differences and especially complementarities.

This undertaking should also consider the definition of RPF funding plans, through a mechanism that may include several tools, sources and approaches to the financing of RPF operations. Likewise, it will be necessary to work on proposals for legal and regulatory texts (be they new, or adaptations of current ones) required for the underwriting and operationalization of RPFs.

With PEFOP support, an international consultant and three national consultants have been mobilized to accompany the public and private players of the economic sectors of agro-pasture in the Gorgol region, construction in Nouakchott and fisheries in Nouadhibou in this exercise. These experts will work with involved stakeholders according to the following timeline:

  • From July 3 to 7: meetings with different groups of public and private players in Nouakchott region’s construction sector;
  • From July 10 to 14: encounters with agro-pastoral players in the Gorgol region; and
  • From July 17 to 21: work with actors in the fisheries sector in the Nouadhibou region.

 

After the fieldwork to collect each group of stakeholders’ points of view, a national workshop will be organized in Nouakchott from August 8 to 10, with the participation of public and private stakeholders from the capital, and representatives of the three sectors’ different stakeholders from the three regions (Gorgol, Nouakchott and Nouadhibou).