Local Skills Development for the Youth

The project is being implemented in the Eastern region of Uganda and facilitates the development of practical, technical and marketable skills among unemployed young men and women in both rural and urban settings. The purpose of the project is to improve employability and incomes through skills training, social and life skills support and access to finance for young women and men in the targeted areas. The cycle that leads to enhanced employability and earnings involves formation of learning groups as well as facilitation of counseling, career guidance, selection of trades, skills training, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.

The Project

The project uses the Learning Group Model where the youth are trained in groups through learning working assignments aimed at enhancing local skills for employability and self sustainability. The model integrates market research/information, community mobilisation, career guidance and counselling, technical and life skills training, savings and access to financial literacy and services/products entrepreneurship, business support and market linkages as vital tools for poverty eradication and improvement of livelihoods among the youth. The project also uses a group based saving and lending scheme "Mavuno" to inculcate a culture of saving among the youth within the Learning Groups and other members in the community to be able to build own capital for investment.

The project works in close collaboration with stakeholders both in private and public sector involved in Skills Development. These include:

  • Ministry of Education and Sports/Directorate ofIndustrial Training.
  • The District Local Governments in the target districts.
  • Uganda Association of Private/Public Vocational Institutions (UGAPRIVI).
  • Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA).




  • 1,938 youth (1,027 female) received technical skills training in 37 trades.
  • 645 trained youth (335 female) from 78 Learning Groups were assessed and awarded the Workers’ PAS.
  • 175 Mavuno Groups comprising of 3,434 members (2,403 women). The total savings for the groups was US$279,821 while their loan disbursed was US$387,569
  • A total of 1,531 entered into self or wage employment: 1,250 youth (537 female) into self-employment and 281 youth (168 female) into wage employment.
  • The monthly income per beneficiary increased from an average baseline of US$2.85 in 2013 to US$172 in 2016.

    Project countries

    • Uganda

    Project duration

    2017 - 2020


    • SDC
    • Medicor Foundation
    • Gebauer Stiftung

    Working area


    Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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    CH-8005 Zurich

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