More than one in four young people in Africa – around 72 million – are not in employment, education or training (NEET). Two-thirds of them are young women. Africa is in the unique position of being a relatively young continent, with a rapidly growing youth population. BOOST has developed detailed and comprehensive interventions for youth to participate in the labour market.
BOOST in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Sports, Arts and Recreation develops and expand vocational training programs that teach practical skills and provide hands-on experience in various industries such as construction, manufacturing, hospitality, and technology. These programs are designed to meet the demands of the current job market and equip youth with marketable skills.
BOOST facilitates the establishment of apprenticeship and internship programs that provide young people with on-the-job training opportunities and valuable work experience. BOOST also partners with businesses and organizations to create learning opportunities and ensure that participants receive a fair wage or stipend.
BOOST facilitates workshops, seminars, and online courses to enhance the employability skills of interventions also focus on improving digital literacy, as many jobs nowadays require technological proficiency.
BOOST also provide online platforms that connect young job seekers with potential employers. These platforms not only facilitate job placements but also provide career counseling, resume writing assistance, interview coaching, and job search support.
BOOST also has mentorship programs that pair young individuals with experienced professionals who can provide guidance, advice, and networking opportunities. Mentors help young people navigate the job market, develop their professional skills, and make informed career decisions.
Through private sector partnerships, BOOST facilitates financial incentives for employers to hire and train young individuals. This can include wage subsidies, tax incentives, or grants to cover the cost of training programs.
Through the BOOST Young Learners Program (BYLP) the organisation offers career guidance services in schools and universities to help young people explore different career paths, understand labor market trends, and make informed decisions about their education and training choices.
BOOST organizes job fairs, career expos, and networking events that bring employers, young job seekers, and training providers together. These events provide an opportunity for young people to learn about different industries, showcase their skills, and establish connections with potential employers.
BOOST fosters collaborations between the government, private sector, civil society organizations, and educational institutions to develop and implement holistic interventions for youth participation in the labour market. This ensures a coordinated and sustainable approach that addresses the specific needs and challenges faced by young people in accessing decent employment.