On the 24th of September, Sixteen participants graduated as part of the second cohort of PfG’s Vocational Skills Training for Women. This cohort focuses on young girls and women with disabilities as the project aims to improve their economic capacities through newly acquired vocational skills, self-esteem, confidence, and entrepreneurial skills.
The participants are mostly hearing impaired and visually challenged. We initially wanted to train the participants in Food & Beverage Management, ICT, Tailoring, and Photography. However, based on the recruitment drive, over 90% of the participants were interested in F&B Management, hence the training was matched to the trainees’ interests, level of ability, and market needs.
Twelve participants were trained in Food & Beverage Management at Insight Training Centre and four in Information, Communication, Technology, ICT at Start Now Rehabilitation Centre.
The skills training is combined with soft skills in entrepreneurship to ensure that the beneficiaries are not only gaining technical skills but can also earn a living.
Upon completion of the training which was fully funded by the US Embassy Banjul, each participant received a certificate of completion which will enable them to start their own businesses or gain employment.