The Next Economy Core Life Skills Training for African Youths is now open for registration for young people from Nigeria, Mali, Somaliland, and Somalia. The Next Economy program is sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs alongside the initiators and partners to empower young people to transition from education to working life through employment opportunities or entrepreneurial ventures.
The Next Economy empowers youth in Nigeria, Mali, Somaliland, and Somalia to unleash their talents, build their confidence, and hone the skills they need for a successful career in a job or as an entrepreneur. To accommodate the diverse ambitious young people entering the labor market, together with local partners, different programs are on offer.
This is phase 2 of the Next Economy billed to run for another four years spanning 2020-2023. Young people are empowered to transition from education to working life through employment opportunities or entrepreneurial ventures.
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Next Economy will run programs in: Lagos, Abuja, Jos (Nigeria), Bamako (Mali), Hargeisa (Somaliland), Mogadishu (Somalia).
The Next Economy is an initiative of SOS Children’s Villages, Crosswise Works and GoodUp. The programme is made possible by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Program Schedule | The Next Economy Core Life Skills Training
The Next Economy consists of 4 specific training modules:
Core Life Skills Training: It’s all about communication skills, how to present yourself, teamwork and self-reflection. The training will help you succeed in the job market. After these trainings, you can select to go further in Employability Training or Entrepreneurship Training.
Employability Training: These courses provide a mixture of soft and job readiness skills and support your entry into the labour market. You’ll obtain relevant skills required for employment in a company and are trained in the full cycle of job application. You will be prepared for the internship program. Through individual support provided by a coach, you critically reflect on your personal career perspectives and identify opportunities for an internship or learning-on-the-job.
Entrepreneurship Training: It begins with entrepreneurship training on business canvasses, financial management, and product management. You are creating your own opportunity in the market. After completion, you can start crowdfunding as a test for the viability of your business idea.
Incubation Training: moving your business idea into a solid foundation that can expand and grow. These trainings focus on sustaining and growing businesses and seek to make them profitable such that they are able to hire new employees. Participants will be selected and this involves a check of their business plan, an assessment of human resources, and a check of finances.
How To Apply: To apply or register for The Next Economy Core Life Skills Training,
- Ensure you are a national of the eligible countries.
- Between the ages of 18 and 35.
- Register online at the official website using the tab, “Register here” to fill out the form.