The Youth Entrepreneurship Training Programme was set up between Survivors Fund (SURF) and AERG (The Association of Student Genocide Survivors)with the aim of providing skills and capacity building for vulnerable youth, and reducing youth unemployment in Rwanda. Support was focused on university school students and technical school leavers.
YETP aims to eradicate extreme poverty and secure viable livelihoods and empowerment of 150 young survivors in membership of AERG through entrepreneurship training and greater access to capital which will empower and enable the young survivors to establish their own businesses and/or find quality employment post-graduation.
The Youth Entrepreneurship Training Program is comprised of two main components:
- Entrepreneurship training (which includes traits of being an entrepreneur, enterprise development, market analysis, business and financial management); and,
- Work readiness training (leadership, interpersonal communication, work and employer rights, financial fitness, etc.).
While entrepreneurship training was found to be incredibly useful for the development of businesses, assessments found that youth also required personal development skills in the form of work readiness. In doing so, they are also prepared for traditional employment. The Rwandan Youth Work Readiness /AKAZI KANOZE Curriculum was been developed to provide youth with the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to become healthy, productive workers and entrepreneurs. It has been designed in a way that is participatory, active and hands-on so that the youth are actively engaged in the learning process, have the opportunity to practice and enhance new skills and gain the self-confidence necessary to find quality, sustained employment.
The contents of this curriculum have been delivered in 100 hours where participants covered the followings modules:
- Personal Development: identifying values & interests; assessing attributes & skills; identifying learning styles & learning strategies; goal setting, planning & tracking progress
- Interpersonal Communication: speaking and listening; following and giving instructions and feedback; forms of communication in the workplace; cooperating/working as a team member; providing good customer service
- Work Habits and Conduct: identifying and applying for jobs (writing applications, cv’s, cover letters, thank you letters); interviewing; workplace behaviors and attitudes; time management; balancing work and home life
- Leadership: characteristics of an effective leader; leadership styles; organizing and motivating others; team building; leading others in problem solving and conflict resolution
- Safety and Health at Work: Rwanda health and safety laws and practices; identifying and avoiding hazards in the workplace; responding to emergencies and accidents; healthy lifestyles; stress management
- Worker and Employer Rights and Responsibilities: Rwandan labor code; workers’ rights: benefits, labor laws.
- Financial Fitness: managing money; saving; budgeting; how financial institutions work; making financial decisions.
- 8. Exploring the ways of entrepreneurship
On completion of all modules of work-readiness curriculum, they passed External assessment given by EDC AKAZI KANOZE, which will give them access to certificate notified by WDA.
IMPACT OF THE PROGRAMME
Those youth who participate in the trainings exclaim that their minds were opened by the training, and that the completion certificate makes them more competitive in the work place. In fact, the first result has been marked by their mind set and behavioral changes towards future plans.