Mentoring young agricultural graduates in the search for decent jobs in Benin
This project will generate evidence on the role of mentoring to improve young graduates’ access to decent jobs in the agricultural sector in Benin. Most young graduates from agricultural training institutions who enter the workforce in Benin do not find formal and decent employment, and women tend to be more affected than men. Government institutions and other stakeholders cite the lack of support mechanisms for job-related advice and youth guidance as an important reason behind this trend. Mentoring can overcome this challenge by providing young graduates with coaching, encouragement, friendship, role models and increasing their confidence. However, more research is necessary to identify how and in which conditions this can successfully and sustainably facilitate the transition from school to work, especially in the agricultural sector.
The project aims to advance knowledge on how mentoring can be used effectively to improve youth access to decent jobs in the agricultural sector. It will assess the convergence between the skills of young graduates and the needs of employers; increase understanding of the role of mentoring and quantify its impact on the process of getting a job in the agricultural sector; and investigate how mentoring can be used to address gender constraints in the process of getting a job. The goal is to support policymakers in developing and scaling up effective mentoring programs to help young graduates gain access to employment in the agricultural sector.
This research is part of a cohort of projects aimed at boosting decent employment for Africa’s youth. This focuses on two niche areas: soft and digital skills, and apprenticeship and mentorship models that work for youth. Developed as part of a collaborative effort between IDRC, the Dutch Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies (INCLUDE), and the International Labour Organization, the goal is to provide practical guidance and tools for policymakers and practitioners to help realize aspirations for large-scale positive change.