Business Development Services/Entrepreneurship Training)
The Youth Fund provides Entrepreneurship training and appropriate Business Development Services to youth engaging in business in order to ensure that they have adequate skills, and are able to identify and tap into business opportunities, while embracing modern business management techniques.
The department provides a mandatory pre-financing training programme to enhance sustainability of youth enterprises. To date the Fund has provided entrepreneurship training to over 351,000 youth across the country. At least 5,000 youth have been sensitized on how to access procurement from the public sector.
The department has trained youth in Business Skills and Entrepreneurship Development (BSED) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Economic Empowerment Programme (EEP) that is being implemented by the Ministry of Public Service, Gender and Youth Affairs.
The Fund has also supported two business plan competitions in which over 10,000 youth entrepreneurs have been trained and winners awarded. Some of the participants of the competitions have started very viable enterprises.