The Artisan Certificate of Trade (ACT) will be designed as a vocational training programme that will identify young successful Nigerian entrepreneurs who are highly successful in their chosen vocations i.e. photography, interior decoration, catering, tailoring/fashion designing, film-making, music production, computer engineering/software development, blogging, make-up, who will provide mentorship and entrepreneurship training to these youths using their own success stories as a model of success and providing this as a benchmark to the training and workshop schedule.
- This would be a platform for the actualization of youths yearning for job creation. The programme will target not just dissident youths but youths with formal education who are currently unemployed.
- The programme will also focus on graduates and undergraduates who seek additional skills through social volunteering and internship opportunities or those seeking leadership roles and entrepreneurial opportunities.
- The programme meets the demand for mentorship, leadership, vocational skills and will provide personal competencies to youths who do not have requisite life skills nor possess the basic professional or entrepreneurial skills that will encourage self-sufficiency. The programme will provide financial independence, curb crime and provide gainful self-employment.
- The training will target between 100-200 youths within one year and participants can be drawn through random selection or through a more rigorous process of selection like verbal interviews, aptitude test, vocational test, invitation for submission of business plan ideas.
- The programme may designed in such a way as would enable participation of individual youths, or via association with youth organizations, NGOs, community associations, schools and institutions of learning through established partnerships with government establishments such as National Directorate of Employment (NDE), SMEDAN, NAPEP, international Donor organizations such as DFID, British Council, USAID, GTZ, Girl Hob and other private institutions and individuals.
- The training programmes will range between three months to six months with ongoing mentorship activities lasting for up to one year or more dependding on the skills and competencies of the programme beneficiaries.