The Employment Fund (EF) was established in 2008 as a result of a bi-lateral agreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland. HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal has been managing the Employment Fund Secretariat since its establishment. The objective of the fund was to impart skills training to youth who are unemployed mainly because they do not have proper education and skills demanded by the market. From 2008 to 2015, the fund imparted short-term, market-oriented technical skills training to almost 100,000 young people- mostly poor and disadvantaged youth, with a special focus on women rom disadvantaged backgrounds.
Nepali youth receive their dream jobs through IFAD supported courses
Ranjana Chaudhary’s story sounds like the stories of many thousands, if not millions, of young people in Nepal. A health emergency pushed her predominantly agricultural family, never very well off, into poverty, forcing her to drop out of school. Given her limited options, she took a job at a beauty salon – but as she had no experience, she had to volunteer her time. Nevertheless, Ranjana saw it as an opportunity to learn.
Like Ranjana, 21-year-old Devkant Chaudhary (no relation) couldn’t pursue higher education due to a lack of funds. It also wasn’t a priority.
Changed Lives, Safe Homes
'Changed Lives, Safe Homes' is the success stories of construction during Employment Fund - Skills for Reconstructin programme period 2015-2020, financed by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Database Training for Service providers of Leading to Apprenticeship Model of RERP- SAMRIDDHI
On 13th July 2022, a one-day long database orientation was organized in Itahari under Decent Jobs subcomponent of RERP -SAMRIDDHI. Altogether 24 Database focal persons representing 23 Training and Employment Service Providers (T&Es), contracted for imparting training and employment services to 1500 youths under Leading to Apprenticeship Model -1 (LAM-1) under RERP (SAMRIDDHI) for 2022, were oriented on the way of entering information into the database system of the project. As the service providers are paid on the basis of the data generated and verified adhering outcome-based payment modality, the database system has a crucial role in the project. Among the total 24 participants 10 were women.
Contract signed with FNCCI-P1 for LAM2 (II)
An agreement between FNCCI of Province -1 and SAMRIDDHI Project has been signed for imparting training and employment services to 300 youths under Leading to Apprenticeship Model -2 (II round) through 10 different member industries in Morang-Sunsari corridor. The contract duration will be of fifteen months covering period from August 2022 to November 2023. In Fiscal Year 2020- 2021 also SAMRIDDHI Project collaborated with FNCCI of Province -1 under the first round of the Leading to Apprenticeship Model- 2. Consequently, 284 youths were trained and 84% of them got gainful employment with the monthly average income of NPR. 17,200.
A coordination workshop with three local governments namely, Myanglung, Bhojpur and Phedap in Hile
On 5th September 2022, a coordination workshop with three local governments namely, Myanglung, Bhojpur and Phedap was organized in Hile, Dhankuta. The objective of the workshop was to explore the possibility of establishing partnership between SAMRIDDHI and local governments for implementing vocational skills training related activities in respective local governments. In the workshop, there was participation of Mayors, elects and staff from Myanglung and Bhojpur municipality along with the staff of Phedap Rural Municipality. Mr. Saroj Guragain, Project Manager of SAMRIDDHI, commenced the workshop by welcoming the participants and stating the project's plan to collaborate with local governments for conducting vocational skills training related activities to equip unemployed youths for ensuring their decent employment. Mr. Sandip Poudel, Team Leader for Decent Jobs of SAMRIDDHI introduced the participants to working modality and outcome-based payment approach of Decent Jobs. In the workshop, Bhojpur and Myglung Palikas committed to contribute 25% cost for conducting vocational skills training whereas Phedap Rural Municipality committed to contribute 10% cost for imparting training and employment services within its territory in upcoming third round of Vocational Skills Training under subcomponent 1.3 (Decent Jobs) of SAMRIDDHI.