WDA to Inject $12M into Skills Development in 100 Enterprises

With $12million World Bank funding, the ‘Skills Development Funds’ programme will be financed for three years with a target of 9000 beneficiaries.

Workforce Development Authority (WDA) has launched a funding campaign for 100 enterprises that will train women and girls with practical life changing skills for the labor market.

The trainings will have to be between three and six month, focusing on key government areas of intervention in improving skilled labor such as industry, manufacturing and processing, energy among others

With $12million World Bank funding, the ‘Skills Development Funds’ programme will be financed for three years with a target of 9000 beneficiaries as part of a boost to the existing National Employment Program (NEP) locally implemented as ‘Kora Wigire’ at district levels.

Abdallah Nzabandora, the WDA/ NEP coordinator said that the schools will be selected in line with capacity and the kind of skills provided.

“We shall be emphasizing a skills which have a direct impact to the beneficiary’s skills development but access the capacity for one to do so since many will want to apply for this funding” Nzabandora said.

Applying enterprises will be accessed on whether they have trainers, conducive workspaces, equipment, and private sector certification to prove one authenticity as a registered enterprise or industry.

Registration and applications for the bids kicked off on March 8th and will be closed this May 10th 2018. And the selection will be done in three categories: industrial labor training, technical and vocational training (TVETs), and internship training.

The first group will get funding not more than $250,000 and be required to meet a 30% of requirements and WDA offers 70%. The second category will get not more than $300,000 and be required to train beneficiaries in a way that cannot remain in the same status of life before.

The third category condition will get not more than $125,000 but offer industrial based training to a level of getting employed by the same enterprises where they trained as a way of creating jobs.

 Rwanda has set a target of creating 2.2 million jobs in the off-farm sector by 2020 and so far over 80.000 jobs have been created since the National Employment Program (NEP) unveiled two years ago.

At least 30.000 direct jobs were created in the first fiscal year 2014, and another 50.000 jobs have created by June fiscal year 2016 under NEP as part the contribution to the national target- which is also so far above 230.000 jobs annually.