Our organisation is presently organizing local neglected skill acquisition centers in West Africa into a network, working with them to tackle the root cause of poverty and unemployment among rural disadvantaged youths especially the girl child through an innovative approach codenamed "Train, Empower, and Promote" (TEP Approach). This innovative disadvantaged Youth-Centered Skills Empowerment Program, shall empower local centers for better service delivery and also support individual apprentice.
The local skill centers are the last hope of disadvantage youths who drop out of school. Although they are doing a great job, this centers are poorly equipped, offer only practical skills leaving learners with limited business skills, not recognized and are unable to get government benefit, cannot support learners with needed assets and resources to establish themselves after graduation, and the apprenticeship certificates offered by this centers are not accepted in the job market.
The project shall tackle these challenges facing skill centers and their learners by bridging the knowledge and funding gap for these disadvantaged youths, equipping the centers with learning tools and empowering learners with training kits and start-up capital through a revolving impact fund, linking them to markets, Partner with local/ international accredited skill institutions for certification of learners, also advocate for change in policy towards local skills centers.
More youths will enroll into local skill centers, assured that graduates can now be recognized, earn local and international business practices and certifications. Disadvantage youths will gain access to funding, develop the habit of marketing their products, savings /credit discipline. An alumni's of over 20000 local skilled apprentices will be formed within West Africa who can join the millionaires ranking list within the next 5 years and in position to support the initiative.