PIND Foundation Youth Employment Pathways (YEP) Program

The PIND Foundation’s Niger Delta young Employment Pathways project (NDYEP) in the Niger Delta is an innovative approach to the region’s young employment crisis. The growing youth unemployment situation in the Niger Delta, in particular, provided fuel for the establishment of the NDYEP project as a pilot program operated by PIND in the fourth quarter of 2017. It was funded by the Ford Foundation and began with a focus on three states: Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Abia.

The NDYEP program aims to contribute to addressing the youth unemployment challenge by developing models of youth job readiness and workforce development. These models offer young people the opportunity to secure sustainable jobs or develop enterprises through quality training that equips them with market-relevant skills.

The pilot phase, implemented over 2 years, trained over 5,000 youth in target sectors such as Agriculture, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Renewable Energy (Solar Tech), building construction, and the finished leather sector. It also supported their transition into waged employment or self-employment/entrepreneurship.

In 2020, PIND decided to expand the NDYEP program to another state, Delta State, based on the positive results of the pilot phase. Following extensive consultations with the Delta State government, a youth labor market assessment was conducted in that State. The project is in its second year of implementation in Delta State, with 1,236 youth trained and successfully linked to work.

Consistent with NDYEP’s implementation framework and to further widen its outreach, PIND is extending the implementation of the Youth Employment Pathways (YEP) program to Ondo State.


This application form is ONLY for unemployed youths between the ages of 16 – 30 years who are residents of Ondo State and would like to participate in technical/vocational skills training, job linkage, or enterprise development under the Youth Employment Pathways (YEP) Project.

 Target group:

  • The primary focus is on young school leavers between ages 16 and 30, including the vulnerable and disadvantaged (rural, women, and people with disabilities or from coastal communities).
  • Existing (skills upgrade) and new youth entrants in the selected sector.
  • Semi-skilled workers for upskilling within the selected sectors and trades.
  • Unemployed/underemployed youth interested in pursuing careers in the selected sector and trades.

Some of the identified skill areas for vocational training and enterprise development or job linkage are shown in the table below:

  • Agriculture
  • ICT
  • Building Construction
  • Trade/Services (Sectors for consideration in the Coastal Communities)


  • The training program is FREE and will be implemented in Ondo State.
  • The training period will be for 3 – 6 months.
  • Women and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) are also encouraged to apply.
  • The deadline for submitting this application is the 12th of January, 2024.
  • Applications will be subjected to further review, interviews, and screening by implementing partner organizations.

Deadline: Jan 12, 2024

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