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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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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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Photo of William Lanier
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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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Photo of Joyce Gitao
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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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Photo of William Lanier
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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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Photo of Joyce Gitao
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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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Photo of William Lanier
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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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Photo of Juhi Gupta
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Hi Joyce,

Your idea is simple, logical and very practical to make a change at the grass root level. The solution to solve these challenges on a long term basis will be investment in infrastructure for formal education and training but your idea can complement such efforts and fill the gap that currently exists.

In order for this idea to be successful, it is important to work/partner with various government organizations and corporate organizations who would be interested in developing local market talent for certain sectors. My personal experience in Africa something related to this is when I was working on a project for a client who was investing in large chemical manufacturing projects in Mozambique. One of the objective of the project was to provide long term employment in the local region. However, the local labor pool did not had technical skills that was required for construction as well as for long term employment in the plant. The client ultimately had to import foreign labor which made the project costly than initially estimated. The client had to partner with local colleges/universities to provide necessary education and training programs to make the local youth employable on a long term basis.

One potential option is to first identify the opportunities that would be available in short term in your region and the skill sets required. The skill sets could also be identified together with the partners – government, corporate organizations, small scale entrepreneurs etc. Once the skill sets required for employability are identified, then training programs could be developed and implemented. Initially, these should be geared towards sectors where investors might be interested in investing in the region, for example, some East African countries have advantages over other regions for low cost natural resources. Once launched and working, then gradually broaden the efforts to focus on developing the skill sets required for other sectors.

Any idea to be successful to make a positive impact in the society has to be broad and long term in nature.

Kind regards,
Juhi

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Joyce Gitao Great work!! Definitely needed. Would you consider training young adults as community emergency medical responders? Please see our program in Mwanza, Tanzania, working with boda boda drivers: trekmedics.org/programs/tanzania/ Would love to hear more!

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Photo of Joyce Gitao
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Definitely Jason, I would appreciate to do so. Lets keep talking.

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Please check out the User Experience Map on our profile page and let us know if you think something like that could work with you. If so, how? If no, why not? Or how could we improve it to fit your needs? You can see the map here: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/youth-empowerment-challenge/ideas/911-where-there-is-none-community-based-emergency-medical-systems-development-in-mwanza-tanzania

Look forward to hearing your feedback!

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Photo of Smetha Raju
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Hi Joyce,

I like your idea because of two reasons one being that it is focused on all who may be brilliant not just at studies but those that can grasp by actually performing the work. Also apart from the technical skills the youth are also exposed to learn skills such as team work, communication and discipline.
My question is have you had any employer backing you on this plan prior to presenting this idea?

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Photo of Joyce Gitao
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Thank you Smetha, Yes i have had employers, a good number who have backed me up in this plan.

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Photo of Jessie Dong
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Hi Joyce,
Providing training and mentor ship opportunities is great idea. By looking at the existing resources, is it hard to build up institutions  over there? 

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Thank you Jessie, No its not hard to built institutions. The most important thing and cutting edge is coming up with youth friendly, competitive and marketable programs.

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Photo of Deborah Nyambu
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Joyce Gitao Great idea...

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Photo of Joyce Gitao
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Deborah Nyambu, Thank you for the feedback