VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM
Teaching young people business and entrepreneurial skills.
Young people who have dropped out of school at an early age or who are living without the support of a parent or guardian, face huge challenges as they grow into adulthood. They must find ways to earn an income, and without the local infrastructure or enterprise to help them, they can become extremely vulnerable very quickly.
Together with eight of our partners across Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe, we run our Vocational Training Program to teach vulnerable teenagers skills that they can use to earn a reliable and sustainable income. We do this by:
on-the-job training in the likes of carpentry, tailoring, mechanics and hairdressing through local artisans or training colleges.
finance, marketing and business skills to help them to set-up and manage their own business.
each graduate a start-up tool kit and materials for their business.
each graduate with extra materials and tools for them to train another vulnerable teenager in their new skill.
“Before I started this work as a tinsmith, it was very difficult for me. But after things started working well, I was able to socialise with my friends because things were different.”
Yona now runs his own tinsmith business in Gwaza, Malawi.
Graduates have much stronger employment opportunities and have the ability to earn a sustainable income.
Their standard of living improves as they can afford to improve their homes and invest in livestock.
They create a ripple effect of hope as they pass on their skills to other young people and can pay for their siblings to go to school.
This year, through our Vocational Training Program, we are providing 477 vulnerable young people with on-the-job training in the likes of carpentry, tailoring, hairdressing and mechanics, and teaching them business, marketing and finance skills.