The Young Africa Franchise Model is what makes us unique

It all starts with a student

Students pay fees for the training. The fee goes mostly to the entrepreneur who delivers the training in her/his workshop on-campus. Students get hands-on experience in their trade. After their course, students go for internships off-campus.

Franchisees are at the heart of each centre

Local entrepreneurs franchise a well-equipped business unitat the centre, where s/he runs a company. In the production process they train the students. The franchisee pays a monthly fee for using the YA facilities. Young Africa backs them up with capacity support and services.

Operations is in the hands of local centre management

The centre builds up training facilities including workshop units, maintains the facilities at the centre and provides complementary training to students in life skills, entrepreneurship, ICT and English. The centre management coordinates the training and monitors quality and implementation of the Young Africa model.

The Young Africa franchise model makes sure:

  1. Centres reach financial sustainability
  2. Students have multiple opportunities for on-the-job exposure
  3. Local entrepreneurs act as role models for trainees
  4. Centres are embedded in the local community and participate in the local economy.

My catering department trains around 120 students per year. I enjoy training students and take pride in it because they are in the stage in their lives where they need help in shaping their future.

Our integrated approach

“If it is to be, it is up to me”

This core value highlights our belief in each one of us taking responsibility for the change we’d like to see. It is at the core of our model. You see it being reinforced through daily assembly pep talks and participation in student and staff forums. It reaches students and staff at all levels. Taking responsibility also results in our training centres being financially, organisationally and institutionally independent after five years. From the inception, each affiliate branch is registered and works as a local organisation and legal owner of the centres.

Young Africa International prepares every centre to handover to local management through capacity building of local managers. We aim to have local training centres run by local management and owned by local bodies. All Young Africa centres and programmes are embedded in society. Reaching out to the local community through services, activities and events ensures that we are a familiar hub available to everyone in the local community.

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