Vocational Training for Women
Skills development for employability will be used as an agent of change in promoting women's employment. Women face a multitude of barriers in accessing skills and productive employment, remaining on the job due to effect of globalization or otherwise and advancing to higher level jobs, as well as returning to the labour market after a period of absence spent, for example, in raising children.
- WOHLEN would create a non-discrimination action plan which will be pursued vigorously to provide equal access for women to skills development and employment.
- Proactive measures that overcome barriers and facilitate participation, such as building a four (4) storey building Hostels for Women empowerment training, Business and Entrepreneurship Coaching and Mentorship, Scholarships to Primary, Secondary and university girls who are poor and less privileged, Skills Empowerment,Training Materials and Loans, will be made available on a large scale.
- The Women's Vocational Training Programme will be expanded and the institutional network providing training facilities exclusively for women, so that they can obtain skills with high wage and self-employment potential will be greatly expanded.
In order to promote skills and employability of women, WOHLEN will focus on a large number of community based women which will be identified. These may include:
Liberation Phase: Training, Seminars, Workshops
The training programme will consist of three main training components:
- Business and Entrepreneurship skills training
- vocational training and
- life skills, legal rights and civic education
The business and entrepreneurship skills curriculum will be designed and tailored to meet specific needs of women. A Business & Entrepreneurship Masterclass will be holding once every month to cater for the unmet needs of women and help women achieve their full potential. Participants of this Business Masterclass will have a 3-4 hours interactive sessions with Facilitators, Mentors and Coaches. During the business training, beneficiaries will start or begin to prepare a market study, with guidance from mentors. The aim of the market study is to map out existing local businesses and assess the potential for starting up their small businesses that is of interest to them. Based on the market study, beneficiaries who are interested in starting their own business will be asked to submit their business plans, and market assessments for their proposed projects, and the academy will accordingly identify their vocational training needs and empower them with a start up portfolio kit at the end of their training.
Vocational training will be the academy major focus as a tool as a tool or weapon to help strengthen the middle level man power of Sierra Leone. With the help of lour local training academy, beneficiaries will receive a variety of training options, in activities such as accessory making, sewing, hairdressing, perfume making, cleaning supplies production, mobile phone repair, computer hardware and software training, and food catering services. Concurrent with the vocational training and business start-up , Participants swill also be given the opportunity to attend life skills training courses, health awareness classes. WOHLEN volunteer staffs will also helped beneficiaries to open their own saving accounts at local banks.