OSPAD in collaboration with World Food Programme (WFP) implemented a six-month vocational training project in Mogadishu, Somalia. The project aimed to address the needs of skills training among the unemployed to earn income through self-employment. The project targeted 350 (68 % female and 32% male) internally displaced people and the host community who were aged 16-45 years. The participants were chosen based on vulnerability indicators of asset ownership, female-headed households, family size ad literacy levels. The students were all trained on literacy and numeracy. They then branched on their preferred skill set in cookery/cooking, beauty salon and Electrification electricity installation. They were also given a cash voucher of 70 USD per month under Scope cards for the six months training duration. This was to ensure that they were food secure at home so as not to disrupt their learning.
OSPAD held training sessions on business management; forming groups to ensure sustainability of the businesses or projects they will venture into. The students were also given exit packages to start them off.