Building skills that matter: Demand-driven job training

Last registered on May 25, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
Building skills that matter: Demand-driven job training
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007587
Initial registration date
May 24, 2021

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
May 25, 2021, 4:23 PM EDT

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Middlebury College

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Birmingham

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-04-26
End date
2022-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
The productivity of Moroccan firms is among the lowest across the MENA region and has declined since 2000 (World Bank 2018). One key challenge is a misalignment between the skills taught in local educational institutions and the needs of the labor market. Sectors including information and communications technology, tourism and banking are growing fast, but struggle to find candidates with the required technical, behavioral and linguistic competencies (Agénor and El Aynaoui 2015). At the same time, youths with tertiary education are five times more likely to be unemployed than those without any formal education (HCP 2017).In cooperation with Education for Employment-Morocco (EFE-Maroc), the researchers experimentally evaluate a vocational training in small, industry-specific cohorts, developed by EFE in direct response to hiring needs of their partner firms.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Abel, Martin and Anett John. 2021. "Building skills that matter: Demand-driven job training ." AEA RCT Registry. May 25. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7587
Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2021-05-03
Intervention End Date
2022-01-31

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Job search
Employment
Match quality (wages, retention)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
We will randomly assign participants to either a control or treatment group. The treatment group is offered to attend the vocational training.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Computer
Randomization Unit
Individual
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
at least 300 individuals
Sample size: planned number of observations
at least 300 individuals
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
We will have at least 150 participants in the control and treatment group.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

IRB Name
Middlebury College IRB
IRB Approval Date
2021-04-06
IRB Approval Number
21-017