BMZ Project

Program Overview

The BMZ Project Edo targets reduction of child vulnerability through youth, family and community empowerment in Edo State. With funding from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development Germany (BMZ) and the support of the Hermann Gmeiner Funds, Deutschland, SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria aims at improved protection of the rights of children and youth in Edo state through improved institutional capacity, functional community-based support structures and socio-economic empowerment.

The BMZ project has a ‘Youth Employability & Entrepreneurship’ component, which supports young people in Edo State in finding decent jobs or becoming entrepreneurs, by providing access to relevant employability and entrepreneurship training as well as linkages to opportunities that will enhance their chances of self-independence such as internship and business incubation.

How the Program Works

Life Skills: Inspire, Educate, Coach

All programme participants will go through a one-week introductory training aimed at building participants’ capacity to reach for greatness through series of sessions that will inspire, educate and coach, thereby causing a mindset re-orientation. The introductory training will help participants decide if they will continue in the employability (job readiness) or the entrepreneurship subcomponents of the programme.

Employability & Entrepreneurship Training:

After the introductory training, Participants continue the programme either in the employability or entrepreneurship trajectories. They will be trained on job readiness for 2 weeks in the employability trajectory or entrepreneurship skills for 12 weeks in the entrepreneurship trajectory.


Internship Linkage & Business Incubation

Participants who successfully complete the employability training will be supported to secure internship placement, which may lead to decent jobs while participants who complete the entrepreneurship training will enjoy business incubation and validation support. Throughout the program, young people will be supported by a network of mentors, content experts, and thought leaders.


Requirements


General

In order to join this program you have to be

  1. Between 18-35 years old
  2. Motivated to join the program and be present at all meetings
Employability Trajectory

To be in the employability trajectory, you have to

  1. Be a graduate of a tertiary institution (B.Sc or HND)
  2. Have concluded the 1-year compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
Entrepreneurship Trajectory

To be in the entrepreneurship trajectory, you are required to

  1. Have a minimum of a secondary school certificate
  2. Have at least a good business idea

The program is free for all participants!

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