Eswatini Youth Empowerment Programme (EYEP) is a result of a partnership between UNDP, the private sector and tertiary institutions. The Programme supports young graduates between 18 to 35 years old to gain work experience, skills, and access to jobs. It also reaches out to young people with little or no tertiary education for training on entrepreneurship for business start-ups. It is endorsed by the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini. This Programme seeks to address youth unemployment through five pillars.
1. Graduate Placement and Mentors
Will engage with the government, private sector, and civil society organisations to match public and private sector institutions with interns/fellows and place at least 500 graduates during the pilot phase. Host institutions provide mentorship and coaching. With the country producing about 4000 graduates per year nationally, the aim is to grow into a fully-fledged programme that can absorb all of these graduates each year.
2. Artisanal Skills Training and Mentorship
This pillar targets 500 non-graduates or out-of-school youth and trains them with basic vocational skills, business development and mentorship. On graduation, this group will receive starter packs and business training to support self-employment.
3. A Sustainable Energy Academy
In its pilot phase, the Sustainable Energy Academy will select 30 candidates, half of which are women, from each of the 4 administrative regions. The trainees will acquire skills to install and maintain sustainable energy technologies, including off-grid Solar PV, biogas production, ethanol cookstoves manufacture, solar water heaters, solar cookers, and solar crop dryers, among others.
4. The Establishment of a Tech-Hub
The Tech Hub will provide computer programming skills, including Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Robotics, Data Science, Software Development, App Design, Animation and emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Cloud Computing.
5. Entrepreneurship Support Programme
This focuses on improving business leadership, governance and management to increase access to finance for youth-led businesses through a targeted 12-week business training programme, business plan support and extended mentorship.