The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) joined forces with the National Accreditation and Quality Assurance Authority (NAQAA) to increase technical and vocational skills training opportunities for Gambian youth. The pilot phase of the Skills for Youth Employment (SkYE) Fund was launched on 7th March 2018 and is open for applications from interested training institutions, private sector companies and industry associations.

YEP has already trained close to 1000 youth, supported 200 young entrepreneurs and is working with more than 20 local implementing partners. The SkYE Fund is a results-based competitive funding model that ensures the importance of linking skills training programmes with employment or self-employment outcomes. Results-based funding approaches to implement TVET programmes is widely recognized to be a success in creating employment for young people in countries with large informal sectors and micro businesses.

The total financial volume available is USD 300,000 which is approximately GMD 14 million. The SkYE Fund will provide funding to technical and vocational education training (TVET) institutions, local private sector companies and industry associations to train Gambian youth in the skills needed in the labour market.

The training programmes that will be supported under the SkYE Fund will need to meet an identified skill shortage and lead to work or to the establishment of small viable businesses. Furthermore, disbursement of funds will be carried out in a systematic manner while promoting transparency, policy alignment and innovation in training delivery in The Gambia.

The application window will be open shortly. All interested Gambian institutions are invited to check and contact the YEP local office to obtain the application form. The applicants to the SkYE Fund will need to show evidence of employer support for proposed training programmes and how the curriculum meets the skills shortages.

The Skills for Youth Employment Fund is designed to assist young people in The Gambia gain employment or pursue self-employment within The Gambia.


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