In West Africa, 50 million youth are unemployed or under-employed. At the root of the problem is the region’s broken education-to-employment system which focuses on academic credentials over skills, leaving youth ill-equipped even when they are able to access education. With decades of useful life left in them but lacking the skills to build a brighter future, these young people end up as demographic liabilities instead of demographic dividends
WAVE will level the playing field for young people by providing alternatives for employers to hire more inclusively based on attitude and skills/competencies, and not educational pedigree.
WAVE has developed a replicable and scalable model for training young people in employability skills and connecting them to entry-level jobs based on their skills/competencies rather than their credentials, work experience or networks.
We will build a network of replicators to deliver our academy-in-a-box (accelerated skills training) methodology to screen, train and connect youth to jobs while promoting competency-based hiring among employers, ultimately rewiring the education-to-employment system to focus on "skills over schools".