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.
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.