This project aims to test the effectiveness of gender-sensitive skills training and employer incentives to address gender gaps in labour market participation. This will be done in the context of a multifaceted Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program implemented by a local non-government organization, CAP-Youth Empowerment Institute (CAP-YEI), which has been providing TVET to vulnerable, out-of-school youth in Kenya for the last 10 years.
Informed by local demand assessments, CAP-YEI’s Basic Employability Skills Training (BEST) curriculum is designed to help vulnerable, male and female youth (aged 18 to 25 ) who have completed primary or secondary school develop demand-oriented employability skills and link them to internships, job placements, entrepreneurship startups, and mixed livelihoods. CAP-YEI is currently involved in TVET reforms in Kenya by supporting Competence-Based Education and Training through its capacity building program, developing national curricula in various technical fields and influencing policy through research. CAP-YEI brings its extensive experience in direct youth training using the BEST model in 21 trades. It brings a deep understanding of the Kenya TVET system at the national and county levels, as well as on the ground expertise and vast networks.
The training will be organized across alternative fields. Traditionally, CAP YEI trainings are organized across seven fields: (i) hospitality, (ii) security, (iii) automotive, (iv) electrical, (v) hair and beauty, (vi) building and construction, and (vii) industrial garment and manufacturing.
Gender-sensitive training sessions will be incorporated into life-skills training sessions delivered alongside vocational training for each field. Gender-sensitive training modules cover the competencies required in creating gender awareness for sensitivity to gender issues. Through these sessions, trainees will learn about the genesis of gender equality discourse through Welfare, Women in Development (WID) and Gender and Development (GAD) approaches and they will approach international tools of legislation such as Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Through guided discussions, each class will discuss role of culture and socialization in gender inequality. The final aim of these sessions is to help trainees understand how the gender gap operates in the workplace and to empower young women—enhancing their ability to make strategic life choices and to act upon those choices—within their households, communities, and ultimately in the labour market.