Skilling Youth for Employment in Agribusiness (SKY) is a 5 year project being implemented by AVSI Foundation in Uganda. The project is supported by funds contribution of 8 million Euro from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands and a third party in kind contribution worth 3,5 million from AVSI Foundation. The project aims to enhance a sustainable creation of employment of youths in the agribusiness sub-sector in over 22 districts located in the four farming zones of Lake Kyoga, Elgon, Lake Victoria Crescent, and South Western Uganda.
SKY focuses on investing in practical training of the target groups through public and private sector partnerships by:
1. Strengthening the capacity of agri-skills providers in a sustainable way to provide marketable and employable skilling.
2. Providing pre and pos-employment support to the skilled youth.
3. Building capacity of strategic agribusiness through skilling and brokerages.
4. Facilitating the Skilling Uganda Authority to be supportive to agri-skilling.
SKY works with public and private sector agri-skilling to enhance competitiveness and trade as one of the fundamental determinants of wealth creation, production and to increase the skills base.
The Skilling Uganda Strategic Plan (BTVET Strategy and Plan, 2012) especially the agribusiness sub-sector is in line with NDP II Theme "Strengthening Uganda's Competitiveness for Sustainable Wealth Creation, Employment and Inclusive Growth" (NDP II 2015) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Additionally SKY Sexuality Education component provides youths with the opportunity to acquire life skills that will enhance their lifestyle. Draft youth Sexuality Education manual has been developed by a contracted consultant and the project intends to reach out to over 2000 youths with direct sexual educational initiatives to compliments skills acquired in Agribusiness.
SKY is a unique agribusiness entrepreneurship skilling model that integrates a cross-sectional approach involving strategic partnerships with industrial and institutional actors/players for youth skills empowerment and employability. By involving private sector agribusiness actors in skilling and frontline labor market response skills development linked to both private and public BTVET skills providers and policy actors at Skilling Uganda Authority, sets an alternative to stimulate youth employment within the well-endowed natural resources in the Agricultural sector in Uganda.
SKY theory of change is embedded in mindset change, in overturning practicums, methods, policies and approaches to skilling youths in Uganda, with a view of creating a critical mass of young labor force relevant to the agribusiness sector. SKY project will skill 8000 youths with a target of creating 4000 jobs within five year period in the agribusiness sub-sector.
The key entry point is through partnerships with employers in the Agribusiness sub-sector to engage in skilling, apprenticeship, internship, mentoring and coaching through close linkages with BTVETS and other training institutions.
SKY will skill 6,000 youths (2,000) in secondary schools and 4,000 through agri-skills providers) with the aim of creating employment for 4,000 youths to be able to earn a monthly income of at least US 90 by close of the project.
The overall project goal is to effect systemic change intervention approach that influences behavioral change of the youths, business communities, BTVETS, private skills providers, government agencies and leaders to create a youthful labor market with desired quality for the market with a view of changing business models and behaviors that creates an enabling environment for youth employment and job creation within the agribusiness sub-sector.