The project intends to improve access for female candidates to more profitable vocational skills training and improve learning and working environment for female trainees enrolled in traditional male dominated vocations.
Specifically, the project aims at the following:
Under this thematic area, community sensitization campaign was organized targeting different groups including youths, parents, local and opinion leaders, private sector and Microfinance Institutions. The objective of this campaign was to convince these different groups that young women are able to learn successfully traditional male dominated skills and use them profitably as their brothers. The sensitization campaign contributed to the creation of a conducive environment for female involvement in traditional male dominated vocations which are more profitable than traditional female dominated vocations.
Under this component, 60 youngsters including 30 girls and 30 boys were selected and provided with career guidance and counselling before enrolment in a six months training program in bricklaying, carpentry and welding. These three vocations were identified as the most profitable vocations in the community. The TVET training was made female friendly as possible to allow female trainees to successfully learn traditional male dominated vocations. The technical training was coupled with role modelling sessions where trainees will be exposed to successful female TVET graduates for experience sharing. Both girls and boys were empowered on gender equality and self-esteem concepts. The training aimed at equipping TVET trainees’ relevant skills for self-employment and it was awarded by an attendance certificate in the chosen vocation at the end of the training.
Under financial and business literacy, TVET trainees were trained on different approach of development including Self-help group approach, cooperatives and business clubs/groups. Trainees were allowed to choose themselves the approach that is suitable to them and will benefit from an accompaniment by Bamporeze for the implementation of the selected approach. Beneficiaries were trained in business plan development, saving, access to loan and loan utilization, marketing skills, networking and developing strategic linkages for access to financing and market. The aim of financial and business literacy was to enable TVET trainees to develop ability to understand, analyze and use information about financial decision in day-to-day life and to plan for the future. The ultimate goal was to enable them to sustainably initiate their businesses as a group and become self-employed.