Overview of the Project


SOS Children´s Villages in Nigeria in collaboration with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH is implementing the Skills Development for Youth Employment – SKYE programme, financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project will facilitate short-term, non-formal technical and soft skills training for young people.


These training programmes will help close specific technical- or soft-skills gaps that, once acquired will enable the beneficiary to quickly take up self-employment or wage employment. The target for this will be 500 vulnerable persons between the ages of 15 and 35 years and returnees (Unsafe migration) in selected sectors of the economy. It is believed that creating these pathways for employability through skills development, as well as supporting them with the right equipment to start a business would go a long way in curbing the high rate of unemployment in the state.


Training Descriptions:

Details of the training components are highlighted in the table below;


Training Type



Soft and Social Skills 500 youths (30 – 50% female

The skill here will be those skills that are not tied to one specific job, but are general characteristics of helping the youth thrive in the workplace or business environment. These skills will help them stand out as high performers and are able to improve their businesses, communicate well, manage time

 Not less than one week for each batch

Short term rainings. 500 youths (30 – 50% female)

Short-term-trainings usually have a duration between a few days up to 6 months. These trainings aim at quickly closing a specific technical- or soft-skills gap that, once the skills are acquired, enable the beneficiary to quickly take up self-employment or wage employment. Hence, short-term-trainings are considered as instruments to quickly increase basic employability or their business improvement skills skills

Not less than 2 weeks

Entrepreneurship Skills Training  130 youths (50% female)

The training will help young people improve their entrepreneurship skills and are supported to start up or improve their trade/vocations. This training will help them to develop business plans to help improve their businesses to the next level. This will include also business incubation for 30 of the best youths.

Not less than 8 weeks per batch. Business incubation  not less than 8 weeks

Digital Skills Training 50 youths (50% female)

The training will help the youths to meet up the current technical skills demand of the labour market through a robust training curriculum, facilitation and content delivery. Examples of the types of courses will include; Coding, Graphics Design, Search Engine Optimization, Social media marketing, Data Analytics etc

Between 8-16week period

Job or internship placement 100 youths (50% Female)

Support for 100 of these youth who opt for paid employment to get job experience through an internship or support to get a decent job.

Internship not less than 2 months



Criteria for selection of youth·
Vulnerable persons between the ages of 15 and 35 years (50of women) unemployed, underemployed, or in precarious jobs. 

Vulnerable persons from rural areas in Edo State between the ages of 15 and 35 years· Returnee and Potential Migrants.


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