The uniqueness of YA’s employability programming is in its innovative and sustainable franchise business model. Our franchise model enables us to harness local resources for youth empowerment. Every YA centre is set up as a social enterprise which provides skills training through local entrepreneurs, who assume the responsibility to train young people to be entrepreneurs or to be skilled enough to be employed by entrepreneurs. In addition to taking responsibility to pass on their artisanal skills to the young people of their communities, local entrepreneurs pay rent for using fully equipped workshops (or land) from YA. Rentals paid by franchisees contribute to the financial and operational self-sustainability of centres. The franchise model therefore offers a cost-effective and efficient solution to youth employability programming in resource constrained Africa where traditional and cost-intensive approaches are generally failing. The YA franchise model ensures:
(i) financial sustainability of YA centres
(ii) opportunities for on-the-job professional exposure to trainees
(iii) availability of local entrepreneurial role models
(iv) participation of YA centres in the local economy
(v) a direct link between vocational training and its relevance to the economy.

The start-up capital is the highest expense of a Young Africa Centre. However, Young Africa offers value for money as these start-up costs are used to invest in up to 15 different enterprises as well as the training centre. Through our Franchise Model, YA Centres act as business incubators, with the added value of setting up spaces and coaching local entrepreneurs to grow local enterprises, all the while providing our Integral Youth Development Programme at a fraction of the cost of a traditional vocational training centre.

Want to know more about our unique method? YA HUB offers various training packages in youth work, life skills education, entrepreneurship, organisation sustainability and more. Training can be facilitated in-house, at the Young Africa HUB in Harare, Zimbabwe, or at your specific location. Browse the list of YA HUB Services here.

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  • Young Africa International
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