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Submitted by Michael Ochieng Nyawino on

I have had 5 years of experience working in such projects as the lead consultant here in Kenya namely; Youth Learn, Earn and Save Initiative; Youth Learning for Self-Employment (Masomo Kwa Ajira); and currently Ujuzi Kwa Vijana (Skills for Youths) projects.
In the first project, youths received training on technical skills for 3 months, taken to internship (1 month) and later got employed. They then started saving the salary they earned and used it to start a business. During the training, the youths formed savings groups which later died the moment they got employment. The project was for a period of ten years and directly impacted the lives of over 5,000 youths.

In the second project, youths were trained on technical skills (for 3 months) plus life skills, ICT and Entrepreneurship being common courses. After the 3 months training, the trainees received start up toolkit in groups of three to start businesses in the area of training. Majority went ahead and started businesses in their line of training.
In the last project, the model of the second has been employed and it is at the first year of implementation.

In all the above, it is good to note that if the youths were to be given some money+tools at the end of training, then almost all would be running big businesses by now as they could comfortably relocate to towns that they can afford and where competition is not stiff.
Such projects are good for developing nations as it helps the government reduce youth unemployment and getting the youth engaged with positive work.