The goal of the project is to reduce the high rate of youth
unemployment in Nepal. Beneficiaries gain access to market-oriented,
high-quality vocational training courses. This increases their chances
of sustained successful integration into the professional world. As
employees or self-employed professionals, they earn a living and improve
their life situation.
One of Nepal’s greatest challenges is
the high youth unemployment. One reason for this is the lack of adequate
vocational training opportunities. Although the private sector is
increasingly aware of the importance of well-trained professionals, it
is reluctant to invest sufficiently in their qualification. Many young
people cannot afford vocational training.
The project provides young people in Nepal’s Terai region with
vocational training and supports them in entering the professional
world. The courses are geared to the local employment market and form a
key part of the vocational training system in the project regions. The
project’s active labour market activities improve the young peoples’
chances of finding a job or becoming self-employed and increasing their
The training courses are broken down into modules
which can be taken independently of each other. This takes account of
the different educational levels of the young participants.
Swisscontact contributes to the social cohesion of the ethnically
highly heterogeneous population of south-east Nepal and promotes an
entrepreneurial mindset among young migrants who return to their home
The project aims to
improve the livelihood of 2 310 young Nepali women and men from the
southern rural districts Sarlahi, Mahottari, Sindhuli, Morang, Sunsari
and Dhakuta through entrepreneurship promotion, skills development, and
skills enhancement activities. It will achieve this by capacity building
of local NGOs and private institutions, enabling them to provide a
range of technical skills and entrepreneurship training. The project
works in three areas:
including returning migrants, attend entrepreneurship training of which
240 (60% of trainees) set up a small business and practice a profession
that secures their livelihood.
unemployed youth benefit from market-oriented high-quality theoretical
and practical training. 1 750 (70% of trainees) find a salaried job or
become self-employed and contribute substantially to their family income
after completing the skills development training.
enhancement: 400 working youths enhance their skills in theoretical and
practical training. 320 (80% of trainees) increase their income by 50%
compared to before the training.
Results 2017 - 2019
962 skills development training graduates found a job or became
self-employed and contribute substantially to their family income.
2017 - 2020
Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation
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