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Employment and income: Vocational training for disadvantaged young people


In Nepal, one of the poorest countries in South Asia, 350,000 young people enter the job market each year with no prospect of finding employment. To address this problem, the SDC and Helvetas have been jointly running the F-Skills project since 2003. The programme provides vocational skills tailored to the needs of the local job market, in order to give disadvantaged young people an opportunity to find employment. Today, F-Skills is a private Nepalese company which also passes on successful training methods to other providers in the form of a franchising system, which in turn has dramatically increased the number of young people with qualifications.

The Employment Fund founded by the SDC and other donor countries in 2008 and managed by Helvetas also draws on the positive results of F-Skills. Due to the fact that it is financed by private providers of mobile, short-term training for disadvantaged young people, the fund has proved successful: In 2009 alone, the Employment Fund provided training for around 14,500 people, 80% of whom found a job which secured them an income above the minimum wage. 95% of the trainees came from disadvantaged groups for whom finding employment is particularly difficult.

Additional Information and Documents

  • Switzerland’s contribution - The achievements of SDC in 2006–2010
    Results in the areas of Health, Employment, Basic and further education, Agriculture, Rule of law and democracy, Water, Humanitarian Aid, Partnering with NGOs
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  • Nepal: An innovative franchising model for practice oriented vocational training
    Asia Brief - December 2011
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  • Private Sector Development and financial services
  • Nepal
    Nepal is a priority country for Swiss development cooperation. Switzerland’s presence there goes bac...