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Rasmus Prehn aims at educating 10.000 more skilled workers in Africa

01.10.2020  10:06
Every year, 12 million young Africans enter the labour market. However, only three million jobs are available. By educating more skilled workers in Africa, the Minister for Development Cooperation Rasmus Prehn aims at ensuring more and better jobs for young women and men without training.

 Electricians, carpenters, plumbers, nurses and mechanics; these are in scarcity on the African continent. At the same time, Africa is facing an enormous generation of young people without employment. Therefore, the Minister for Development Cooperation Rasmus Prehn has set the ambitious goal of educating 10.000 more skilled workers in Africa.

“Despite large youth unemployment, the labour markets in many African countries are demanding young specialists and skilled women and men. I wish that the supply and demand would add up. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We have to do something drastic, because we hold the key to many of the largest issues in Africa. Therefore, I have stuck my head out to say that Denmark will show the way for the rest of the world. I want to be measured against my target of educating 10.000 African plumbers, carpenters, nurses and dairy operators”, says Rasmus Prehn.

During the spring, Rasmus Prehn put together a task force of representatives from businesses, labour market organisations, civil society and the educational sector. The task force was assigned to look at the challenges standing in the way of educating more skilled workers in Africa.

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