In line with our Ease mission pathway, UpskillME is a capacity building and apprenticeship program targeting 21 – 35 year olds in low income and underserved communities to increase employability and civic engagement. The core objective of this initiative is to convert intakes to income earners.
The first stage of the program is a 5-week capacity building course delivered in three core areas: current business insight, leadership capacity and civic responsibility sensitization
The second stage of the program places intakes in apprenticeships with mentors providing practical training and hands-on experience in their various industries of interest.
Having completed the first phase of UpskillME cohort 1 in Bariga, Lagos, we are looking to place intakes in apprenticeships in different vocational fields. We are also preparing to host the second cohort of UpskillME at Mafoluku area of Oshodi, Lagos.
A month before the capacity building course, we carry out community engagement/needs assessment of the youths in our selected locale and invite them to the program. We have a limited number of spaces so we ensure only youths who are most in need are invited to the program.
The day starts early after-noon on Saturdays and lasts for 5 hours. We endeavour to cover 2 topics each day. We also provide our intakes with lunch.