Training and Employment
The participants at the initial meeting to talk about vocational training held in September 2015 .
Finishing school is one thing but getting a job is an entirely different matter. One way to help young school leavers as well as those who are unemployed is to give them training in a skill that is needed in the area.
Our first project sent a group of 9 young people on training courses. Four learned carpentry and five learned hairdressing. These short courses lasted between 3 and 4 months, followed by a couple of months of internships at local employers where we paid them a stipend, and subsequently all were able to find work.
We are planning to sponsor more young people on training courses in hairdressing (male and female) and sewing in Autumn 2017.
Our Carpenters in training . . .
Here are our proud hairdressers; all are now employed.
Tilanesh is 23 years old. She lived and worked in Addis Ababa until her father fell ill and she came back to look after him. Her mother died when she was a baby, and though she has older siblings, they look to her to do everything. When we first met her, Tilanesh had no income, and had nothing to do but look after her father. Meketa offered to pay for her hairdressing training and gave her a maintenance grant until she completed the course. Now she works in a salon near the university and can support her father as well as herself. She has now enrolled in night school for a three year course in IT.