- Promotion of Quality Entrepreneurial Training in Eastern Africa
Promotion of Quality Entrepreneurial Training in Eastern Africa
|Loan Administrator||OPEC Fund for International Development|
|OPEC Fund Contribution (US$m)||0.80|
|Total Project Cost (USDm)||2.12|
The project aims to improve employment prospects for the youth and promoting entrepreneurship and business creation in Eastern Africa. Its immediate objectives are to strengthen the capacity of existing vocational training centres with whom ICEP is already cooperating in Kenya and Uganda, and help these centres improve the quality and increase the relevance of their programs, including technical and entrepreneurial skills. The Project is expected to directly benefit nine vocational training centres and their staff, including around 116 teachers and trainers, as well as 4,200 underprivileged youths and 2,700 small entrepreneurs that will be trained in these centres over the project lifespan. In 2019 the project continued the first year’s positive trend. Especially the number of youths in vocational training have developed impressively and milestones could be surpassed. The partners continued to improve training structures and methodologies, while at the same time institutionally strengthening the training centres. The Kenyan and Ugandan Vocational Training Centres founded initiatives to spread the idea of fostering technical training in general and dual training in particular. These initiatives are supporting activities for networking with important stakeholders from both the public and the private sector. The partners succeeded in winning more companies to collaborate in areas such as improving curricula or taking in VTI’s students to do the practical part of their training. While it remains a challenge to market technical training as it still carries a very low prestige, especially the Industrial Liaison Officers did a tremendous job in convincing beneficiaries and the industry on the logic to invest in adequate vocational education. VTIs have fostered work-based training and the establishment of entrepreneurial support structures and continue to close the gap between what is being taught in those centres and what is demanded on the labour-market. The fact that East African countries still do not have education and training structures that adequately prepare the majority of the poor for labour markets severely limits potential economic development. The second supporting pillar of the project is entrepreneurial training to make self-employment a viable option for career development and job creation. Positive experiences and results are being brought to a systemic level. ICEP has been working to professionalize ISBI as a training institution specifically for small and medium entrepreneurs since 2014. ISBI is now well established. After 5 years with support from an expat, the management of ISBI was handed over to a Kenyan national. While such a move is challenging and has reduced the number of people reached to below expectations, ISBI now has a strong organisational structure, continues to improve curricula to ensure up-to-date training and is well on the way to reach financial sustainability. ISBI is now in a strong position to deepening its training contents and expanding its client base to meet demand from microenterprises and initiatives to promote private sector development. ICEP has initiated a cross-border know-how transfer to Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania through several fact-finding missions and working trips.