The focus is on better linking of job seekers and employers. The aim is to prepare young adults – particularly women – for the needs of the labour market and to enable access to jobs efficiently and market oriented. Based on an analysis of the labour market situation in Ethiopia and an assessment, various project components have been defined to help improve the match between labour supply and job seekers:
Component 1: Strengthening of the vocational training and job placement offer
Staff and teachers in training centres attend training sessions and further education courses to enable them to better support job seekers and to strengthen their technical and entrepreneurial skills in a more targeted way. Innovative approaches to linking the trainees with the companies are developed and implemented. Vocational training centres are supported in aligning their offer more closely with the current labour market, based on regular analyses by a platform on the labour market situation (see component 5).
Component 2: Easier access to information about the labour market
A digital online job portal is to be installed to inform job seekers about potential jobs and training places and provide them with the opportunity to actively step into direct contact with the relevant providers.
Component 3: Support of self-employment
The project supports targeted and professional coaching as well as facilitates access to micro-credit for motivated and innovative young adults, particularly women and internally displaced persons in the target areas who are looking for work. This supports the beneficiaries in setting up their own businesses and become self-employed.
Component 4: Public-private partnership platform for networking and coordination
A platform is established with the task of promoting exchange and coordination between private and public actors. Selected stakeholders will receive further support through the platform in the form of training to improve their capacities to support job seekers efficiently and in a targeted way to find an appropriate job.
Component 5: Monitoring and control measures
As part of the national strategy on the creation of rural jobs, a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) system is set up to produce evidence-based analyses of the labour market situation and to make suggestions for improvements in training provision. This will enable the employment service and training centres to become more efficient, to make their services comprehensible and subsequently quantify their successes. The MEAL system is intended to establish a uniform control mechanism to be able to present concrete results on the increase in efficiency to the decision-makers.