Windle International Uganda (WIU) has today signed a partnership agreement with the European Union in Uganda to implement the Skills for Employment Project (SEP) in three rural districts of Koboko, Yumbe, and Obongi in WestNile Uganda.
The Skills for Employment Project will strengthen accessibility, quality, relevance, and equity of vocational skills training for marginalized youth and young women in the target area, and support young people to convert vocational education into meaningful self-employment through enterprise development. The overall objective of this project is to increase access to sustainable employment opportunities for the host community and refugee youth. This will ensure that disadvantaged youth in the target area are economically empowered to engage in viable employment for sustainable livelihoods especially the youth with limited formal or no education, young women and young people living with disabilities.
The project will directly target 1,000 youth aged 15-35 years (at least 50% female) who will benefit from free vocational skills training to support them in gaining marketable skills for more sustainable livelihoods. The 1,000 youth will be trained in one of the following trades;
- Electrical/Solar wiring and maintenance
- Cosmetology including soap and cosmetics making, and hairdressing
- Crafts making (handcraft, shoes, bags, paper beads)
- Electronic appliances and phone repair
- Fashion and design, tie and die fabric making
The training will also impart soft skills such as financial literacy and record-keeping, ICT, life skills and other employability skills. Upon completion, the trainees will receive start-up toolkits to start their enterprises.