CoWA believes that the private sector can work hand in hand with the training institutions to help the youths acquire skills that are marketable and relevant to the labour market. CoWA implements programme to promote market- oriented skill training and job creation for the youth. This has been realized through partnership with TVET institution in Kenya (St.Kizito, Eastlands College of technology Imani Marianist, and Lowdar VTI and Thika Technical Training Institution and counter- part TVET institutions in Uganda under the Luigi Giussani Institute of higher Education. Besides ICEP an Austria funded NGO has also played a major role in shaping in skill training in the programme “Skills and work are East Africa Resources “(SWEAR) by introduction of Dual Training system in these institutions in Kenya and Uganda.
CoWA Interventions to Institutions
The orientation to work (OTW) is a program that helps to bridge the gap between jobseekers and employers. Many jobseekers have technical skills but don’t get jobs because they lack soft skills and networks.
CoWA maintains a database of job seekers and employers through which potential employers can post jobs and select jobseekers that fit their profiles.
The following are services offered in Orientation to Work Program (OTW)
Youth Enterprise Development
The informal sector absorbs more jobseekers than the white collar jobs. It also creates more new jobs each year than the formal sector. It is however characterized by unprofessionalism and little growth. CoWA believes that the informal sector holds the key to the unemployment problem. Youth Enterprise development is geared towards strengthening micro and small enterprises so that they can grow, improve the quality of jobs and create new jobs.
This is achieved through;
CoWA RIC is a one stop shop for youth employment solutions. Youths lack a place where they can access labour information and tools that would facilitate them getting, keeping and growing their jobs.
CoWA RIC offers access to;
Economic and social empowerment is an opportunity to free a person from life sentence to dependence, scarcity and marginalization. This can be done by promoting job-creation- through development of sustainable enterprises which have a strong and direct investment on local economics.
There’s great need to improve economically the livelihoods of the poor urban and marginalized community so that they can have a sound economic base for the youths in terms of provision of human needs. The process helps the young ones in these community to grow with liberated mind of no to dependency syndrome. Empowered communities also offer jobs to the households where youths are the first beneficiaries
CoWA has always taken the lead through economic strengthening. Empowering organization and individuals and venturing in projects as the implementing partner i.e the implementing partner for economic strengthening activities for AVSI Foundation Kenya, Call Africa and The implementing partner for Economic strengthening and structural development of 3 Vocational institutions in Kenya under ICEP project-Austria funded project.
In CoWA Economic strengthening is implemented through the following training