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.