ITC RFP 2018-14-GB Skills for youth employment fund in Gambia Request for proposal

Reference: ITC RFP 2018-14-GB
Beneficiary countries: Gambia, Switzerland
Published on: 20-Mar-2018
Deadline on: 19-Apr-2018 16:50 (GMT 2.00)


Background – Youth Empowerment Project (YEP)

The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), a four-year project launched in February 2017 aims to support the economic development of The Gambia and improve the livelihoods of its people. Specifically, the YEP will enhance the employability and self-employment opportunities for youth, with a focus on vocational training and the creation of micro and small-sized enterprises and creating and improving employment opportunities in selected sectors through value addition and internationalization.

The project is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC) as the lead implementing agency and under the leadership of the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration & Employment (MOTIE) and the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The project is funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

Purpose – Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) – Skills for Youth Employment Fund

The lack of opportunities to undertake a training programme in technical and vocational areas has been identified as a key challenge faced by the Gambian youth according to the National Development Plan of The Gambia. The issue of technical and vocational training hinders young Gambians from pursuing meaningful employment or self-employment pathways. YEP therefore sets out to facilitate access to skills training for youth and ensure better linkages to employment and self-employment by seeking to implement the Skills for Youth Employment (SkYE) Fund.

The objective of the SkYE Fund is to provide skills training to youth to meet existing job needs or in the case of self-employment, successfully meet market opportunities. Training programmes supported under the SkYE Fund must meet an identified skill shortage and lead to work or to the establishment of small viable businesses.

The National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) will provide local technical assistance to the implementation and monitoring of the SkYE Fund.