SKY Project (Skills Knowledge for Youth)

The overall goal of SKY to improve the living conditions of kids in the Bahir Dar area (Amhara region) through sustainable training in largely requested fields of work, this allows them to escape the poverty trap of “no training- no work- no income”.  The project also intends to develop a role model that can be applied to other regions of Ethiopia thus impacting many other people.

These are the measures to be applied in reaching the objectives:

  • 3,000 youths will receive professional training and will either be offered a job or will work for themselves.
  • Private and State-run training and job centers will be in a position to assist young people looking for work.
  • the knowledge and data collected by this project will be examined both regionally and nationally so it can contribute to training strategy.

The project will be completed in  2021.


The first phase of the project  (2015-2017) came to a very successful conclusion. SKY has committed to collaborate with ten training centers (nine-run privately and one State-run ). The training centers and relative authorities have created 10 training schemes with corresponding units for the varying skills: restoration, clothing, electronics, beauticians, and construction sites. Trainers themselves will receive any necessary courses as demand develops.

Reasons why NFA decided to contribute towards the 2nd phase of the SKY  project.

Studies illustrate that unemployment in this region affects over 11% of males and over 25% of females.

These figures do not include people who survive on just temporary work and in fact, unemployment is much higher in the Amhara region. The most affected being the 15 to 29 age group where almost a quarter of people are unemployed. The SKY project concentrates on this age group and works in unison with training centers, job centers and employers.


3,000 youths (aged between 15 and 29) with no skills or experience who live in and around Bahir Dar, Dangila, and Debretabor. A commitment to guarantee at least 20% of those included come from particularly socially disadvantaged groups  (HIV, widows, disabled, etc.) and females must make up at least 50 % of the students. The families of these students also benefit from this positive outcome.

Employers, training centers, job centers, and the micro-financing institutes all stand to gain from this increasingly skilled workforce.  The field of employment becomes stronger and increases local economical development, the project predicts generating at least 1,000 new jobs and advantages for unemployed youths.


Sky is being implemented in the region of Amhara, in the North-west of Ethiopia which is home to over 17 million people, a third of which are aged between 15 and 29. Approximately 320,000 people live in the capital Bahir Dar.