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Carpentry Training Center as a chance to improve professional qualifications and decrease unemployment among youth in Subukia

Subukia region, where the project will be implemented, is one of the most economically neglected areas of Kenya. The lack of state investments, as well as other forms of co-financing and support of local industry, is noticeable. The inhabitants of Subukia have limited possibilities of gaining assets for living, and inaccessibility of vocational education does not support establishing of service workshops.

The task of the created Centre for Development of Carpenter’s Abilities is creating for young inhabitants of the region, the alternative for spending time on the street. In the same time, it will enable young people the access to vocational education, which will allow them to become independent from parents in economic sense. Practical abilities and knowledge gained during trainings will increase the professional activity of local community, which will contribute to decreasing the index of unemployment in the region. Employment in the workshop will be a stable livelihood for its employees and their families.

Project is complementary with the actions of the Salesians of Don Bosco, which manages the institute of vocational education for boys of the street Don Bosco Boys Town in Nairobi. A project within the scope of “Polish development assistance 2012” call for proposal was carried out for the benefit of the institution. It involved redecoration and extension of the car repair shop and purchase of essential equipment.

Carpentry Training Center as a chance to improve professional qualifications and decrease unemployment among youth in Subukia

Module project, carried out from 26 March 2014 to 14 December 2015 in Subukia region, Kenya.

The purpose of the project is to decrease the index of unemployment and increase the level of vocational training for young inhabitants of poor Subakia region, through building the carpenter’s workshop (I module) and creating the institute of vocational education which is attached to the workshop (II module). Module I has a business character and its main purpose, besides from the professional stimulation, is to generate profit from selling the products made in the furniture workshop. The profits will assure the durability of project’s results – they will enable to provide for and develop the created Centre. Module II has an educational character and its basic assumption is to educate groups of carpenters, which will result in multiplication of project’s effects.

The Centre for Development of Carpenter’s Abilities will consist of carpenter’s workshop and training institute. In the carpenter’s workshop a practical education of profession as well as conducting the tasks, will be carried out. This workshop will be the best institute of such type in the region, which uses innovative production methods. Whereas, the vocational training institute will assure the theoretical foundation and teaching the basics of carpentry 45 young adepts of this craft yearly. The level of education will be adapted to local requirements, so the students after graduating could take a state vocational exam, which will give them bigger possibilities of funding an employment at individual employers and firms in the whole country, or even abroad.

The project’s beneficiaries are 45 people – graduates of primary and secondary schools, recruited to participate in vocational training, as well as 20 workshop employees (including 15 interns employed to help in workshop’s work). In each following year of the Centre’s functioning, the amount of beneficiaries will raise approximately 45 people – new participants of trainings.

The second group of beneficiaries are members of the families of people participating in the trainings (approx. 270 people). Thanks to the implementation of the project, their level of life has significantly improved.

The indirect beneficiaries of the project are all the inhabitants of Subukia region. It involves indigenous inhabitants of the town (mostly from Kikuyu and Kampa tribes), as well as families of internally displaced people who came here during the riots which lasted from 2007 to 2008 in Kenya, and who in time became the immigrant population of Subukia.

Grants value ammounted to 665 784 pln in 2014 and 578 394 pln in 2015, the value of the project reached 774 714 pln in 2014 and 682 732 pln in 2015.