ICT for Youth Employability

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

KampaBits is a youth based organisation that positively changes lives of vulnerable youth by improving their access to productive employment and ability to cope with their social environment through creativity and innovation since 2010. Kampabits has placed over 300 youth in gainful employment. // IN partnership with The Commonwealth of Learning, a six months ICT for Youth Employability project was implemented for youth from the informal settlements in Kampala and Wakiso (August-2018 – January-2019). Focus was on improving livelihoods of 95 (48 girls, 47 boys) youth through hands-on skills training to attain a competitive edge in the job market in skills that include: Graphics & web Design, life-skills and sexual reproductive health.// The project also focused on disability inclusion and included 10 youth with disabilities, which was made possible through support from our partner Light For the World // Past trainings were completely based on the use of enterprise softwares to deliver training content and the curriculum not evolving to tackle the changes in employer demands, the just concluded training focused on use of free open source software and renewed engagements with employers to identify current job skills which aided curriculum updates to impact marketable skills to learners // Using OASIS open learning resources, Kampabits repackaged the training materials with updated curriculum that was in accordance with market needs. Skill trends are largely influenced by two major software development partners in Uganda namely: Andela Uganda and Tunga // 93 youth graduated with 74 youth already in either internship/Job placements // Our methodology increased the opportunities youth needed in attaining gainful employment due to change in employment policies where employers focus on hands on skills when recruiting instead of degrees especially with regards to ICT and innovation. This has in turn driven the government of Uganda to set up vocational institutions that focus on hands-on skills and apprenticeship // Paper ID 209

Employment,Skills Development,Disabilities,Information and Communication Technology (ICT),Livelihoods