According to Uganda’s Development Plan for 2015-2016, more than half of the country’s population is unemployed. In the project region alone (approx. 10% of Uganda), we assume there are 435 000 unemployed young people. Particularly in rural Uganda, as in the project region, there is a lack of vocational training courses. The poor employment prospects drive young persons to the cities. Another hindrance to successfully enter the labour market is that around 44% of the population has not completed primary school, and the share is even higher among young women (teenager pregnancies). School dropouts have no access to the formal vocational education and training system.
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.
2017 - 2020
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