Center for Skills Innovation in Gbarnga
Literacy & Training for Employment Program
In 2010, World ORT established the Literacy & Training for Employment Program (LTEP) with funding from the Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the USAID Advancing Youth Program. The purpose of LTEP is to create opportunities for war-affected Liberians to gain vital practical skills that lead to sustainable incomes. LTEP will provide workforce development and skills training in five rural counties: Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Bassa and Montserrado through September 2016.
ORT has created the capacity for rural Liberians with minimal levels of literacy to go beyond traditional skill areas such as carpentry and construction to include skills such as soap making, bread and pastry making, palm oil extraction and processing, cosmetology, agro-processing, food preservation and the farming of giant African snails. ORT identified placements in micro and small businesses in communities where beneficiaries live so they could be absorbed into the business or eventually start their own micro-business. ORT also provides business management training and entrepreneurship skills to support these initiatives.
Centres for Skills Innovation
ORT established three Centers for Skills Innovation (CSIs) jointly with local women's associations to test and introduce skills training; to engage Trainers of Trainers to train youths as Peer Training Innovators who return to their communities to create micro-businesses. In 2014 LTEP incorporated a social mobilization campaign to increase Ebola awareness and prevention reaching almost 80,000 rural villagers. In total, the program aims to deliver nearly 5 million training hours to 15,000 war-affected young people in some 150 communities with positive effects to ultimately benefit more than 50,000 people.