The WITU Youth Employment Accelerator Program (YEAP) was established to address the rapidly growing youth unemployment issue in Uganda. Addressing barriers in the labor market, YEAP provides a virtual solution that is designed to transition disadvantaged 15 to 35 year-old unemployed women, with no prior work experience, into entry-level jobs.
YEAP has identified STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as an area where there are existing and potential job opportunities and works with potential employers to understand their needs and how we can help fill them. In many cases, women who are placed in jobs have received a diploma through WITU’s Women’s Institute of Technology and Innovation (WITI) computer science academy.
The Youth Employment Accelerator Program has the following objectives;
- Expand the work-ready pool of candidates available to employers to include women from underserved regions and markets in Uganda–places where existing corporate networks do not currently reach.
- Accelerate job placement and retention of these candidates.
- Include young work seekers from underserved communities in the mainstream economy.
- Promote skills-led economic growth beyond Uganda's vision 2040.