With one quarter of the population living below the poverty line, providing basic food and shelter for their families is a top priority for youth in Nepal. Young men and women begin working at an early age taking whatever job they can find and as a result, youth do not have the time or the means to further their professional skills.
Women especially have a difficult time finding quality jobs as social and cultural norms keep them out of the workforce. The young women who do have jobs often face widespread gender discrimination.
Vocational training (VT) can help youth obtain employment in key industries such as construction, manufacturing and the service sector, but many training colleges in the country lack resources, policy guidance and coordinated, consistent programming.
WUSC and its partners will increase the employability of Nepalese youth by:
- working with the local government to establish quality vocational training informed by labor-market studies,
- delivering on-the-job training with private sector partners
- integrating gender and social inclusion for all VT participants
WUSC will act as lead consultant working alongside the Government of Nepal and development organizations including CECI (the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation), Colleges and Institutes Canada and the Industrial Enterprise Development Institute (IEDI).
WUSC and its partners bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in vocational training and education reform. Several of WUSC’s past initiatives have dealt specifically with strengthening skills training programs and systems particularly in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Haiti.
Previously, WUSC worked in Ghana helping to rebuild the education system and management in the country. The success of that initiative was in large part to the collaboration between various partners and stakeholders.
The Skills Development Program (SDP) in Nepal is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Nepal. Consulting services are provided by WUSC, in association with CECI, Colleges and Institutes Canada and the Industrial Enterprise Development Institute (IEDI) in Nepal.