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Chances for young people in Gambia

The Make it in the Gambia – Tekki Fii programme improves the economic situation and prospects for young people and young adults in Gambia, even migrants and returnees. 

The Youth Service Directory (YSD) web portal gives you an overview of many different offerings. The providers are partners of Tekki Fii and other organisations. 

The offers include for example:

  • Training courses in the areas of agriculture, energy and services. These training courses are held in different regions of Gambia.
  • Training courses on business start-ups
  • You can receive a grant with equipment once you have completed your training course.
  • You can apply for a microcredit or a bigger loan once you have successfully set up your business. You will be supported in this. 

The Tekki Fii programme and the YSD website are funded by the EU.

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Vocational qualifications

During the training at the Gambia Technical Training Institute in Mansa Konko you will learn 

  • how to manufacture and repair agricultural equipment and metal structures

or:

  • how to manufacture, install and repair small solar systems.   

The training will start with a 4-weeks-preliminary course, where you will acquire basic knowledge for the trainings. 
The duration of the certificate trainings is 1 year. During this time, you will also do a 3-week internship. At the end you will receive a certificate.

Worth knowing The duration of the certificate trainings is 1 year.
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Agricultural training courses

The Gambia Songhai Initiative offers a range of training courses to enable you to improve your agricultural skills. Training covers the following areas:

  • soil preparation
  • animal products
  • plant products
  • post-harvest treatment process
  • food processing
  • equipment maintenance.

Trainees may be offered a job working for the Initiative. If you complete your training successfully, you may be able to continue working there.

Worth knowing For more information, you can contact the "International Organisation for Migration" (IOM) directly.
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For artists and tour guides

The National Centre for Arts and Culture The Gambia (NCAC) promotes art and cultural activities in the country. It offers training for artists in how to effectively market their work. NCAC also runs a special training course for tour guides to equip them to explain the Gambia’s history and culture.

If you are an artist or would like to become a tour guide, please just call on the phone or send an email. Information on the work of NCAC can be found on the website.

Worth knowing For more information, you can contact the "International Organisation for Migration" (IOM) directly.
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Events, food and drink

The Gaye Njorro School of Hairdressing & Beauty Cosmetology is a training centre that has courses for different jobs, including catering.

It also has courses that will help you start your own business.

Gaye Njorro is a nationally accredited institution, offering particular support to young people. Information on the individual training courses can be found on the website. If you have any questions, please send an email or call on the phone.

Worth knowing For more information, you can contact the "International Organisation for Migration" (IOM) directly.
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Working in tourism

The Institute of Travel and Tourism of The Gambia (ITTOG) works in partnership with Central College Nottingham in the UK. ITTOG offers a wide range of courses, enabling you to train for different jobs such as tour guide or flight attendant.

There are also courses in:

  • business administration
  • management

Additionally, you can train as an instructor in the tourism sector.

You will find more information on Facebook.
If you have any questions, please send an email or call on the phone.

Worth knowing For more information, you can contact the "International Organisation for Migration" (IOM) directly.
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Beauty, wellness, fashion and starting a business

The Gaye Njorro School of Hairdressing & Beauty Cosmetology is a training centre offering courses for different kinds of work in the beauty, wellness and fashion sectors. You can do a training in:

  • hairdressing
  • cosmetics
  • manicure
  • massage therapy
  • fashion design.

There are also courses to help you start your own business.

Gaye Njorro School is a nationally accredited institution offering particular support to young women and men. Information on the individual training courses can be found on the website. Please just send an email or call on the phone if you have any questions.

Worth knowing For more information, you can contact the "International Organisation for Migration" (IOM) directly.
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Beauty and massage therapy

Golden Hands Foundation Academy offers training in the following areas:

  • cosmetics
  • hairdressing
  • massage therapy.

If you would like more information, please message us on Facebook.

Worth knowing For more information, you can contact the German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) directly.
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All things farming-related

Gambia Horticulture Enterprises (GHE) offers a range of training in different aspects of agriculture and horticulture. These include:

  • pest control
  • mechanical engineering in agriculture.

In our mechanical engineering training, you will learn how farming machinery works and how to repair it.

GHE also has its own farm. GHE sells:

  • its own agricultural products
  • agricultural machinery.

GHE has apprentices working on its farm. Sometimes, there are opportunities for participants in the training courses to be given an apprenticeship place at GHE.

If you complete your apprenticeship successfully, you may be offered a job with GHE. This could be on the farm, in the shop or as a travelling salesperson.

Worth knowing The courses are free of charge.
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Beauty academy in the Gambia

At the SASS Academy, you can learn all about hairdressing, cosmetics and make-up. The intensive, 12-month training programme takes place in small groups.
If you complete the training successfully, you will receive a nationally accredited diploma.

You will have to pay a fee for the training.
If you are interested, please contact the SASS Academy. The easiest way to do that is on Facebook.

Worth knowing You will have to pay a fee for the training.
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Practical training: farm work and fish farming

The Njawara Agricultural Training Centre (NATC) has been helping people in the agricultural sector since 1997. It offers a range of highly practical training courses. You can take what you have learned and put it straight into practice in the field, for example. You will receive a certificate if you successfully complete your course. Following your training, you can get financial support or equipment for your farm from NARI.

NARI also offers courses in fish farming.

If you have any questions, please visit our website or call on the phone.

Worth knowing For more information, you can contact the German Information Centre on Migration, Training and Employment (DIMAK) directly.
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Training for farmers

The Gambia National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) is a research body that works internationally with other institutes in Nigeria, Benin and Niger.
NARI has several centres:

  • Brikama
  • Sapu
  • Yundum
  • other small facilities throughout the Gambia.

NARI researches agricultural topics. These include:

  • pest control
  • soil analysis
  • food quality.

Ensuring good soil quality and reducing the number of pests makes it easier to grow crops and improves the quality of the foodstuffs harvested.

You can learn a lot of new things about agriculture at the NARI centres and also learn how to manage your farm more effectively.

Worth knowing Brikama, Sapu, Yundum and other small facilities throughout the Gambia.
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Using digital media properly

The Gambia Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) offers a range of training courses. Here, you can learn how to make the most effective use of digital media and communication in your job or company.

The training is, of course, open to both men and women. Anyone taking part in YMCA training can rent accommodation on the campus. which you would have to pay for.

You will have to pay a fee for the training. More information is available on the website.

Worth knowing You will have to pay a fee for the training. Accommodation is available. You would have to pay rent for the accommodation. For more information, you can contact the "International Organisation for Migration" (IOM) directly.
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Up to speed with telecommunications

The Gambia Telecommunications and Multimedia Institute (GTMI) has a range of training courses. For example, you can learn:

  • how to repair mobile phones and laptops,
  • how to install satellite dishes,
  • how to use Microsoft and CISCO.

You will have to pay a fee for the training. People aged between 15 and 35 can apply to the Institute for financial support.
You will find information about how to apply on Facebook.
If you have any questions, please just call on the phone, send an email or visit GTMI.

Worth knowing You will have to pay a fee for the training.
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Training courses for technical jobs

Real Tech Gambia Ltd. offers technical and IT courses. For example in:

  • repairing devices (mobile phones, laptops, tablets, TVs and printers)
  • web design
  • web content management.

There are also special courses for returnees.

You will have to pay a fee for the courses.
Please visit our Facebook page if you have any questions.

Worth knowing You will have to pay a fee for the courses. For more information, you can contact the "International Organisation for Migration" (IOM) directly.
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IT, management and more

QuantumNet Institute of Technology (QIT) offers computer courses. QIT has courses for beginners and for more advanced users.

QIT also offers courses in different areas of management:

  • HR management
  • company management
  • finance management.

You will receive a certificate if you successfully complete your course.
You will have to pay a fee for the courses.
More information about the courses is available on the QIT website.

Worth knowing Fees apply.
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Using computers properly

The Nifty School of Computer Technology brings your computer skills up to speed. It does not matter how much you already know. There is a range of courses on topics such as:

  • an introduction to Microsoft Office
  • web design.

You will receive a certificate if you successfully complete your course.
Participants can work on the computers at the school. You will have to pay a fee for the courses.
You are welcome to call if you have any questions.

Worth knowing Fees apply.
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Technical training

Sterling Consortium offers a range of training courses. For example in:

  • solar power installation
  • TV
  • alarm systems
  • graphic design

Returnees can also complete training.
You will have to pay a fee for the courses.
If you need more information, please call the phone number or send an email.

Worth knowing Fees apply.
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Training in IT and engineering

The Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) offers a range of training courses. For example in:

  • IT
  • business
  • car mechanics.

The necessary equipment and machinery are usually available on site for you to use during your training.

Returnees can also apply for a training course.

You will have to pay a fee for the courses. However, you may be able to get financial support from the GTTI.

Worth knowing Fees apply. Financial support from GTTI is available.
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Quality management in the Gambia

The Gambia Standards Bureau (TGSB) offers short training courses which look at the quality of your products and services. You will learn how to meet the standards, which is important if you want to be able to sell your products on the national and international markets.

The course list is available on the website. You will have to apply for the courses. You can apply on the website. A number of courses are funded by the European Union. You will have to pay a fee for the courses. Some courses are free of charge for young people.

Worth knowing Fees apply. Some courses are free of charge for young people.
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Training in Salikenni, the Gambia

The organisation Future in Salikenni offers a range of training courses. You can only attend the courses if you live in Salikenni. The computer courses are run at a computer centre in Salikenni with internet access. There is also a garden project in which you can learn a lot about field cultivation and crops.

Your children can go to school in Salikenni free of charge if you live and work in the village. For more information, please call the phone number or send an email.

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A range of training courses

The President’s International Award - The Gambia (PIA) was created by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. PIA works with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the UK.

PIA offers technical and behavioural training for men and women. There are courses in the following fields, for example:

  • electrical installation and maintenance
  • fashion design
  • hairdressing
  • tailoring and dressmaking
  • joinery
  • plumbing.

PIA has training facilities in Kerewan in the North Bank Region. These facilities often already have the necessary equipment and resources. This means that if you train as a tailor or dressmaker, for example, you will be able to use the sewing machines on site.
Returnees can also complete training here.
You will have to pay a fee for the training. Please call on the phone or send an email if you would like more information.

Worth knowing Kerewan Fees apply
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Training for young people

The training provided by the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS) is wide-ranging. Men and women can train for a number of different jobs:

  • car mechanics
  • painting and decorating
  • plumbing
  • tailoring and dressmaking
  • other occupations.

To apply, you need to have a school-leaving qualification. You will have to pay a fee for the training.
For more information, please call the phone number or send an email.

Worth knowing Requirements: School-leaving certification necessary Fees apply
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Training and new opportunities

The Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) enjoys the support of several ministries. YEP can help you to advance your learning and identify new opportunities.
You will find YEP’s training courses on the website. There is a range of training on offer, covering topics such as:

  • technical training
  • business start-ups
  • business development
  • agriculture
  • tourism
  • technology.

The training courses are free of charge. You can also find out on the website how to apply for the training. You must be aged between 15 and 35.

Worth knowing free of charge For young people between 15 and 35.
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