West Africa. Vocational education, on-the-job training and labour market integration of young workers in urban West Africa
This paper describes the labour market integration of youth with regard to their level of formal education and to the type of vocational training they received. Overall, young workers without any formal VET are the more disadvantaged in terms of working conditions, while workers who benefited from a traditional apprenticeship in a small firm occupy an intermediate position. Apprenticeship training for young workers seems to be fairly prevalent in the informal sector, but the associated working conditions are bad, and kinship ties seem to be there a crucial channel fortraining access.