The Skills Development Programme is an initiative jointly undertaken by EYDI collaborates with CRVP and other partners. The programme prepares young educated and uneducated people for the option of self-employment by equipping them with practical skills. According to the World Bank Report 2013, youth unemployment stands at over 62% in Uganda and each year over 400,000 young people are released onto that job market. The job market will need to grow at a much faster rate to overrun the gaping unemployment. This is why the EYDI Apprenticeship programs to provide a unique solution to youth unemployed.
The Youth apprenticeship program offers a mutually beneficial partnership that will improve the employability of and provide skills to the teen mothers by offering opportunity to work with appropriate artisans.
The Skills Development programme mainly targets young mothers. The apprentices are equipped with skills in hair dressing, tailoring, electrical installation, computer and motor cycle repair, carpentry and metal works, among other valuable and applicable skills. The apprentices are equipped with practical and employable skills and basic support in business management; like record keeping, stock records, customer services and sales and marketing support.
EYDI facilitates the apprentices in terms of training fees on monthly basis.
The apprentices encouraged to set up small business to improve on their income levels and unplanned pregnancies. These avenues were EYDI to discuss issues of sexual reproductive health, STIs and HIV among other.
Apprentices are identified by community members, and then vulnerability assessment is conducted to determine the neediest family to benefit from the program. The target beneficiaries include young mothers, survivors of violence, families infected and affected by HIV, Orphaned families therefore free training in vocational skills, record keeping for selected apprentices is provided.