Case Study: Update on improving apprenticeship in the informal economy in Niger

The education system in Niger has poor internal efficiency, with one of the lowest enrolment rates in Africa. The majority of young people outside the education system learn trades in enterprises in the craft sector, which in Niger has at least 900,000 workers in 206 trades.

Context of apprenticeship in the crafts sector

Craftspersons in Niger are represented by the National Federation of Artisans in Niger (FNAN), which is organized into regional federations of artisans. The National Federation is in charge of selecting enterprises and registering apprentices eligible for training. Training matters themselves are managed by the Chamber of Craft Trades of Niger (CMANI), which contributes to developing curricula, training apprentices in enterprises and at training centres, and organizing advanced training for craftspersons.