Category Page: Programs

Bridging the skills gap

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

  • Promotion and advocacy of Dual Training system where students are trained for the job, concurrently in their institutions and in the companies with intention to promote youth employability.
  • Capacity building of trainers to improve their didactic and pedagogic capabilities.
  • Company matching for job placements ,internship, Dual Training or apprenticeship
  • Benchmarking programs for institutions.
  • Exchange programs amongst staff/teacher or students.
  • Employability skills and soft skills training.
  • Advocacy programs for vocational trainings and youth employment.
  • Building evidence on innovative training models in vocational educations through conferences, skills show and symposium i.e. (Dual training Systems)
  • Coordination of task force for vocational education stakeholders in Kenya.
  • Coordination of Human Resource Forums and human Capacity Development Forums to promote youth trainings and employment.


Orientation to Work program

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)

  • Career guidance and counseling trainings sessions students.
  • Human resource Forums for job seekers.
  • One on One career counseling sessions with the job seekers on
    • -How to apply for jobs.
    • -How to write curriculum vitae.
    • -Code of conduct in interview.
    • -How to write a cover letter.
    • -How to do job search.
  • Mentorship Program for job seekers.
  • Peer to peer support groups for job seekers.
  • Company matching for job placements and internships.

Enterprise Development

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;

  • Entrepreneurship workshops and trainings targeted at the youth and also MSME
  • Maintaining a large pool of professionals to act as business mentors and coaches
  • Business incubation support programme for the youths
  • Managing revolving fund for business startup tools for the youths
  • Designing business competitions for youth on yearly basis
  • Networking and referral programmes for the youths


CoWA Resource Information Centre (RIC)

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;

  • Current labour market information on jobs.
  • Computers , Wi-Fi, photocopy, scanning, printing and other job seeking tools
  • One on one career counseling,
  • V writing and other online referral services.
  • Various trainings are also offered in the Centre including business startup skills, business management skills, financial literacy skills etc.


SME Economic strengthening

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.


Training offered

In CoWA Economic strengthening is implemented through the following training

  1. Financial Literacy.
  2. Village Savings and Loan Associations.
  3. Revolving Fund.
  4. Business Skills (Business Model Canvas).
  5. Sector Business (Group Income Generating Activities-GIGA).
  6. Creative Skills Training.