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A Ready Workforce

Equip youth with employable skills and match them with market opportunities and employers.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

This idea aims at looking for the disadvantaged youth in informal areas, equip them with soft skills and 21st century employability skills. Through mentorship, help the youth select career paths. Some will go back to complete formal education, others will choose technical courses. Through negotiation with training institution to intensive training courses for 3 months in collaboration with the industry players. this will enable the youth to be exposed to the different employers in that particular field. The youth are then matched with the different employers as trainees for 3 months after which they will be assessed and awarded certificates. The youth will there after be retained with employer depending on their performance and matched with other employers. There is need to focus on creating a database of employers, who will be sending open vacancies and the youth are tailored according to those requirements. After technical training the youth might decide to start their own ventures, they will be mentored in developing the business ideas and writing the business plan. They will also be supported to realize the ideas in business, matched with young and successful entrepreneurs. Supported to access funds for the business such as from government funds and financial institutions.

WHO BENEFITS?

This will benefit disadvantaged youth- those youth who did not finish formal education or finished one level and were not able to proceed to the next level that would enable them attain employment. The Youth who do not have know how and capital to start their own ventures.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

I am a youth development officer working with youth in the informal settlements of Nairobi. I am working with youth based in Kariobangi and Korogocho, who have established community based organizations.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Kenya

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year

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Hello Joyce Gitao and A Ready Workforce,
Do you think grain moisture testing to stop Postharvest loss like afllatoxin would be a skill youth could use to meet employers and learn the market place?
<https://challenges.openideo.com/goto/challenge/youth-empowerment-challenge/jobs-for-youth-to-reverse-cereal-grain-postharvest-loss>
William

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Team

Yes William; its is critical in involving youth at any level of agriculture as its the current and the future employer of in Africa. If we can develop the value chain and get to involve youth in the post harvest related activities " its cool" as many youth may put it. Lack of youth interest in agriculture is because they have a poor attitude towards it. But moisture testing is "cool" and many youth put it; those who do not like tiring jobs will choose it.

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Team

Hello Joyce,
Thank you for the reply. When you suggest developing the value chain is that develop the whole value chain all at once or investing strengthen the weakest links in the chain first?
Would the Ready Workforce like to collaborate to combine our user experience maps so others can appreciate the "cool"?
Wiliam

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Team

Hello William,
If the value chain chain is already developed we can invest on strengthening the weakest chain. Yes ready workforce can collaborate. 

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Team

Hello Joyce,
Thank you for the reply. Is the Ready workforce interested to exchange user experience maps and form a team to combine approaches so the experts can see how our innovative team would help youth implement moisture testing to reverse aflatoxin? The moisture testing project believes aflatoxin indicates a very weak link in the grain value chain.
William

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Hello Joyce Gitao and A Ready Workforce,
William (NeverIdle) hopes you are doing well and wish to invite A Ready Workforce to the "1st All African Postharvest Congress and Exhibition (March 28 - 31) Nairobi"
<http://africa-postharvestconference.uonbi.ac.ke/>. We hope to meet and discuss more about Moisture meters and testing to Reverse Grain Postharvest Loss."
Regards,
William

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Team

Dear William,
Thank you for keeping in touch, yes i would like to participate in the conference; i hope to interact more then.

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Ok Joyce Gitao,
Good to hear. LinkIn to stay updated
<www.linkedin.com/in/williamthomaslanier>
Regards,
William

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