The Youth Development component aims to address the mismatch between skills supply and the labour market demand by providing targeted life and business skills training for youth, thus promoting entrepreneurship and employability. The path to improved livelihoods for youth consists of three elements, namely:
1. An increase in labour market relevant skills
2. Increased volume
3. Increased resilience to economic shocks
The embedded sustainable livelihood approach promotes youth employment through local market assessments, private sector partnerships and a dynamic training approach that combines life skills, business skills and labour market-integration measures. The component aims to design and implement training modules for 10,000 youth in the three targeted districts of Kailahun, Koinadugu and Kono. The youth livelihoods programming is consistent with the prevalent agriculture-based economy and addresses the needs of both vulnerable populations and youth-run businesses.
The Component will target improved life skills among 2,400 youth and improved business skills among 10,000 youth (with 30% minimum female participation) by the end of the programme lifespan).
In 2018, 6,000 youths (with 30% minimum female participation) will participate in the following training modules:
2. Solar Power PV Installation and Maintenance
3. Psycho-Social Competencies
4. Governance and Conflict Resolution