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Workforce Empowerment and Development

 

The workforce empowerment project provides vital and focused skill training to help youths and young adults in Sierra Leone. Necessary skills like computer literacy, sewing, cosmology, soap making, and entrepreneurial management are offered to enable marketability in a challenging economy. It creates employment opportunities for disadvantaged youths and young adults helping them to move from poverty and unemployment to self-sufficiency.

According to the World Economic Forum’s workforce development data,  Sub-Saharan Africa currently only captures 55% of its human capital potential, compared to a global average of 65%. This is a huge problem considering employers across the region already identify inadequately skilled workforces as a major constraint to their businesses. As 15 to 20 million increasingly well-educated young people are expected to join the African workforce every year for the next three decades, delivering the ecosystem for quality jobs – and future skills to match – will be imperative.

Vocational education and training (VET) is one of the three main priorities outlined by UNESCO for the current biennium and has been identified as the focus for the most important annual report on education, the Global Monitoring Report, in 2012. This project provides vital, focused skill training to help youths and young adults become self-sufficient. This training empowers them to become gainfully employed in high-demand trades. Develop Africa provides job-related workforce development education and vocational training in order to provide people with the skills necessary to find a job or to start their own businesses. Develop Africa provides job-related training in order to provide people with the skills necessary to find a job or to start their own businesses. 
 

 

African youths and adults find themselves in unfortunate circumstances

Many school dropouts, orphans, and people displaced by the civil war in Freetown do not have access to equipped facilities for training in valued trade skills. The available facilities are often limited in capacity and service offerings / vocational scope. Consequently, many youths are unable to gain the skills that will enable them to become self-sufficient. These youths are caught in a vicious cycle of powerlessness and poverty. Frustrated, they end up in undesirable lifestyles.

 

What to do about a community’s lack of skills

Our goal is to addresses the skill deficit problem by providing vital workforce development experience in tailoring and other related skills. Skills are vital for poverty reduction, economic recovery, and sustainable development. The trainees are able to learn marketable and relevant skills. This intervention is in high demand and meets the need of school dropouts and unemployed youths. When possible, on completion of training, trainees are provided with a toolkit to help them start their own businesses. 

 

This encompasses a range of skills training including the following:

  • Adult Literacy Education

  • Computer Training

  • Sewing / Tailoring

  • Baking

  • Gara / Tie Dying

  • Soap Making

  • Cosmetology 

 

In addition to training, we also work to provide trainees/participants with the tools and resources to start their own businesses.

 

Empowering for the future by providing skills training

The project contributes to youth development by providing skills for self-reliance and entrepreneurship. It creates employment opportunities for disadvantaged youths and young adults - helping them to move from poverty and unemployment to self-sufficiency. This effective intervention continues to provide the essential skills that school dropouts and unemployed youths need in their quest for financial independence.

You can help make a difference. With your generous donation, Develop Africa can provide vocational / work-related training. The marketable skills you can help provide could mean the difference between poverty and liberty to so many Africans in need. Give the gift of skill development today! Be a driving force in helping adults develop marketable skills for employability.


 

Microfinance Loans:  Microfinance funds and business support: This helps families become self-sufficient and move out of poverty. Parents are better able to take care of their kids and cover school-related expenses on their own.  Join us in providing a hand-up to local small businesses.

 

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