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 a 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.
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On the last day of the course, the intakes compete in a social impact business competition to win a small cash prize of N20,000 ($38)
We also invite a speaker on the last day of the course, to tie the modules together and inspire the intakes.