Local Skills Development for Youth

The aim is for young adults to improve their life situation. 2 975 previously unemployed young adults increase their income through income-generating activities or employment. In addition, 450 young entrepreneurs continue to develop their small businesses, doubling their income.

Uganda with its young population must enable the labour market entry for thousands of young people every year. In the LSDY project unemployed young people from the Lake Victoria region, which is particularly affected by poverty, receive access to modular, needs-oriented vocational education and training. Thanks to the training, they can earn their livelihood on their own as self-employed persons or employees and significantly improve their situation and that of their families.

The project works with innovative vocational training approaches. To facilitate the transition of young adults from unemployment to work, the project relies on the interests and incentives of both sides of the market: On the one hand, these are the young adults looking for work. On the other hand, these are companies in growing sectors (tourism, agriculture and construction) that lack a good workforce. The young adults, who are divided into learning groups, are linked to companies through partnership models and trained in both practical and theoretical matters.

In the current phase, a further 3 500 young adults are undergoing vocational training courses in the three sectors of agriculture, construction and tourism. In addition, 500 young entrepreneurs, some of whom have already completed vocational training courses in the previous phase, will be supported in professionalising their small businesses. A special focus is placed on access to coaching and financial services.
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Mbale, Uganda
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Busia, Uganda
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Namayingo, Uganda
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Budaka, Uganda
1.1016277
33.9303991
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Tororo, Uganda
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34.1865669
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Mayuge, Uganda
0.4562893
33.48038890000001
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Manafwa, Uganda
0.9063599
34.28660910000001
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Bugiri, Uganda
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33.7461847
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Butaleja, Uganda
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33.84112880000001
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Kibuku, Uganda
1.0452874
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Namutumba, Uganda
0.8360898
33.6860965
Project duration
2017 - 2020
Financed by
  • Happel Foundation
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
  • City of Zurich, Finance Department
  • Green Leaves Education Foundation
  • Canton Basel-Stadt
  • Donations

The project

In the Local Skills Development for Youth (LSDY) project, unemployed young men and women from the Lake Victoria region, which is particularly affected by poverty, have access to modular, needs-oriented vocational education and training. Thanks to the training, they can earn their livelihood on their own as self-employed persons or employees and significantly improve their situation and that of their families. Furthermore, young entrepreneurs, who have already completed their vocational training courses in the last phase, are supported in professionalising their small businesses. Special focus is given to the access to coaching and financial services.

The project makes use of innovative vocational training approaches, whether through learning methods in a company (based on a dual vocational training) or work in learning groups. Young adults acquire practical and technical skills and are equipped with financial and life skills to take on their journey into professional life.

Project activities

  1. Vocational training: basic and further training courses
    The project primarily focuses on vocational training and practical experience in companies.
  2. Promotion of entrepreneurship
    Apart from technical skills, the project develops the business acumen of the trainees. In advanced courses, young adults learn how to plan their business, analyse customer needs, calculate profits and set prices.
  3. Facilitate financial know-how and access to financial services
    The beneficiaries acquire basic financial literacy, which they can readily apply in savings and lending groups. The project also facilitates access to formal banks, savings and credit cooperatives and new innovative products, such as microleasing, tailored to the needs of young adults and entrepreneurs.
  4. Strengthening social skills and self-competence
    Through its courses, the project develops social skills and self-competence of the youth, who are often caught up in a vicious cycle of poverty and frustration. For example, they learn about health, hygiene, safety and communication.
  5. Networking young people with labour market
    Linkages between prospective employees with potential employers are facilitated through participation at fairs, internships etc.

Results

Results 2017 - 2019

  • 2,204 youths (918 women) accessed and completed training in the agribusiness, construction and hospitality sectors.
  • 1,134 youths (371 women) gained income through wage / self-employment and each earned CHF 1,114 on average.
  • 903 youths (474 women) were trained in entrepreneurship. The training was delivered by consultants with the aim of empowering the youths to build their business mindsets and start running their businesses successfully.

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