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Jobs, Skills, and Education

Project Private sector development
Bahir Dar -

With over two million youth entering the workforce every year, there is significant demographic pressure on Ethiopia’s economy. Unemployment, mainly as an urban phenomenon, continues to be serious social problem in Ethiopia. Urban centres have seen an influx of rural-urban migration among young people looking for employment but who lack employability skills, job training and experience. They have higher rates of young people not in education, employment, or training.

Bahir Dar / Amhara Region
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Thematic Area
Private Sector Development
Project Duration
01/02/2021 – 30/09/2021
Sustainable Development Goals
Decent Work and Economic Growth

The Jobs, Skills and Education (JSE) project, being funded by the Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands, has been implemented in collaboration with Triggerise. While Triggerise overlooked its implementation in Addis Ababa, Cordaid Ethiopia has implemented it in Bahir Dar. The project has provided soft-skills training, basic digital skills trainings and technical and vocational trainings (TVET) to increase opportunities of employability and work creation ability.

Target Beneficiaries

This program primarily targeted unemployed urban youth aged 15-24 who have completed at least secondary school level education, reside in Bahir Dar and are neither in education nor training. The project aimed to reach at 300 direct beneficiaries from the age of 15-24 out of which 70 % are girls.

Project Objectives

  • Creating employability opportunities for the youth through different trainings  
  • Creating new connections between JSE graduates and employers and addressing unmet demand with more relevant skills
  • Enabling new job creation by supporting self-employment and micro-entrepreneurship as an additional pathway.


Soft skills training was given for 315 beneficiaries. Out of these, 155 were also given digital skills training and 98 were given TVET training.