Union funded Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) will be offering technical and
vocational skills training opportunities to about 965 Gambian youth through
local TVET institutions.
The project is being funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa and is implemented by International Trade Centre in collaboration with The Gambia’s Ministries of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment and Youth and Sports.
Communication consultant Geranium Senghore said: “Technical and vocational training opportunities are provided under the pilot phase of skills for youth employment fund launched by YEP. Through a competitive tender process, eight TVET institutions, namely: Sterling Consortium, Insight Training Centre, YMCA Gambia technical training institute, Five Star Security, Gambia Telecommunications and Multimedia Institute (Basse campus), Fajara Skill Development Center and Golden Hands Academy were selected.”
He said the SKYE fund is a result-based competitive funding model that ensures the importance of linking skills training programme with employment or self-employment outcomes. He said results-based funding approaches to implement TVET programme is widely recognized to be a success in creating employment for young people in countries with large informal sectors and micro businesses.
The training opportunities, he noted, will be available in a number of skilled areas such as engineering, construction, graphic design, ICT, security services, hairdressing, textile and entrepreneurship.
“The geographic scope in the pilot phase includes, Kanifing, Brikama, Kerewan, Mansakonko, Basse and Bansang.”
The training programme supported under the SKYE fund aims to identify skill shortage and lead to job placements or self-employment.