Research briefing: the impact of SENAI's vocational training programme on employment, wages, and mobility in Brazil: What lessons for Sub Saharan Africa?

Research briefing: the impact of SENAI's vocational training programme on employment, wages, and mobility in Brazil: What lessons for Sub Saharan Africa?

In Sub-Saharan Africa, there is ample evidence of the significant role that education plays on shaping the labour market transition of young people. When comparing Brazil with some countries in the region, the data suggests that the higher levels of education in Brazil have a positive impact on the probability of finding a full-time job. This paper investigates the Brazilian vocational training system with emphasis on the National Service for Industrial Training (SENAI) to determine what lessons this system of training can offer to Sub Saharan African countries.

Policy implications:

  • in Africa, policymakers should ensure that any intervention to create or modify the vocational training system can offer different ethnic/racial groups the same development chances-as it does the SENAI.
  • they should find a proper financing structure that avoids fluctuations and uncertainties. The SENAI financing balance of a market driven component with a stable public source can be a model in African given high levels of informality.
  • the focus should be on improving labour market outcomes of men and women, in urban and rural areas without increasing occupational segmentation
     

This briefing is based upon IRIBA working paper 5 ‘The Impact of SENAI’s Vocational Training Programme on Employment, Wages, and Mobility in Brazil: What lessons for Sub Saharan Africa?’ by Stephan Klasen and Carlos Villalobos Barría.

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