Côte d’Ivoire: Naming ceremony of 125 young graduates trained in the trades of mass distribution and entry of a cohort of 500 new learners

The Ivorian Minister for the Promotion of Youth, Professional Integration and Civic Service, Mamadou Touré, presided on Saturday, December 10, 2022 in Abidjan-Yopougon, the naming ceremony of 125 graduates of the first cohort trained in the trades of large-scale distribution and the official re-entry of the second cohort of 500 young people at the Centre multsectoriel Mohammed VI of Yopougon.

It was in the presence of the Minister of Technical Education, Vocational Training and Apprenticeship, Koffi N’Guessan, and the sponsor of this first class. Edith Cresson, initiator of the École de la deuxième Chance (E2C) in France and president of the Edith Cresson Foundation.

Aged between 18 and 35 and with a minimum level of third grade, these 125 young people are composed of 64 learners retained on fixed-term contracts (CDD), 30 on pre-hiring internships and 31 constituting a qualified pool for companies, i.e. an insertion rate of about 80%. Their training, which began in July 2021, covered six courses, including multi-skilled employee, bakery salesman, butcher, delicatessen, fishmonger and fruit and vegetable salesman. It was sanctioned by a Certificate of Professional Qualification (CQP), after a theoretical training and a practical course in a company of the large distribution.

According to a press release, Minister Mamadou Touré noted that the E2C is a win-win program for the State in terms of employability for young people and skilled labor for businesses.

He expressed the gratitude of the Government to the consortium of companies in the retail sector for the opportunities offered and invited other companies to follow suit.

The godmother Edith Cresson, for her part, encouraged her godchildren to believe in this program “which is a solution to their problem of professional integration”. She also asked them to continue to update their knowledge throughout their career because the world is constantly changing.

Minister Koffi N’Guessan insisted on the fact that “the E2C is now a reality in Côte d’Ivoire and is changing the lives of many young unemployed.

He urged the apprentices of this first class to be ambassadors to other young people without jobs or qualifications who still doubt the reliability of the E2C.


Remember that the second cohort, 500 young people who will be divided into two groups, has already registered 360 learners in training.


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