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Vocational training

Scholarship for vocational training

Would you like further training? Are you interested in the following sectors?

  • Mechanics
  • Construction
  • Sanitary facilities
  • Welding
  • Electrical installation

Then technical vocational education and training (TVET) can help you.

You can even apply if you've already taken a training course at a vocational training centre.

A scholarship is available to assist you to take part in TVET in The Gambia. The scholarship also enables you to buy tools to help with starting your own business.

These scholarships are offered by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Gambian-German Advisory Centre for Jobs, Training and Reintegration (GGAC).

You are welcome to contact the GGAC vor Ort, per Telefon oder online.

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Entrepreneurship Training, Business Start-up Support and Vocational Training

Have you returned to Gambia and are you looking for a job or advanced training opportunities? 

The Gambian-German Advisory Centre for Jobs, Training and Reintegration (GGAC) can help. It cooperates with the Gambia Technical Training Institute (GTTI) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) to offer vocational training. 
Training is available in these sectors:
•    Solar installation
•    Craft trades
•    Construction

You can complete work experience in a company after the training.

You are welcome to contact the GGAC on site, by phone or online for further information.

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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.

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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.

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Training at a hotel management school

Set up by the Gambian Government, the Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI) offers training for people who would like to work in hotels or events planning. Courses cover the following areas:

  • front desk
  • events planning
  • professional cookery
  • baking
  • bar work
  • laundry
  • housekeeping.

The courses are at least 12 months in length.
If you complete your training successfully, you will be qualified to work, for example

  • in hotels,
  • on cruise ships
  • or in restaurants.

GTHI places many of its trainees in jobs when they have finished their training. You will have to pay a fee for the training.
If you have any questions just call or send an email. You are also welcome to come and visit the Institute.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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