Bahir Dar 2017 EN






A student residence for girls in Dilla

The overall objective of the SKY project is the improvement of 2’000 destitute girls and boys’ life conditions through the combination of two activities.

  1. Vocational training on picked professions: girls and boys can either attends one of the six short training course and train professionally. After, graduated girls and boys will be supported on looking for a job that will permit them to work for at least 6 months and earn a minimum of 1.5 dollar a day (minimum income for a government job). If they want, students can also start a self-employment and they will receive a support by the staff
  2. Collaboration between institutes and local authorities: Helvetas promotes lifelong learning programs also for competent authorities, training institutes, employment offices and agencies for local work with which a close cooperation have been created.

An innovative aspect of this project is the promotion of a reimbursement scheme results-based. The goal is that employers and job centers will be able to offer appropriate responses to these young job seekers. The aim of this project is also the integration of winning result and models in the government training policies. The first phase of the project have started in 2015 and will end at the end of 2017.


According to studies, the amount of unemployed people in this region is more than 11% of men and 25% of women. There’s also a strong under-employment, i.e. people who can survive thanks to temporary jobs.

Actually, unemployment in the Amhara region is much higher. The age group the most hit by unemployment is between 15 and 29: almost a quarter of the people in this group don’t have a job. Project SKY (Skills Knowledge for Youth) focuses on this population by cooperating with sector authorities, training institutes, employment offices and employers.


Within the first phase of the project (December 2017) it’s expected that 2’000 socially disadvantaged youths (50 % of women) will conclude a quarterly training. At least 1’600 will obtain a statewide-recognized certification. At least 1’400 will find a paid work or will start a self-employment by earning at least 1.5 USD per day for at least 6 months. Also private and public service providers, employers and micro-credit institutes will indirectly benefit from this project.


The Project SKY is achieved in the Amhara region, that is northwest of Ethiopia and it counts 17 million people, of which a third are between 15 and 29. In the capital city, Bahir Dar, live around 320’000 people.