Window1: Rapid Response Training
The objective of this window (RRT) is to address skills gaps experienced by companies in the formal sector and to promote their collaborations with training institution. The program will co-finance short-term training for workers who are in the process of being employed by the applicant or existing workers in the applicant’s business that need to be upgraded with skills to improve their productivity. The applicants will be new investors or existing companies in Rwanda who are looking to hire new or upgrade employees to support their business. The applying company should be already established and in position to strengthen its business activities and create employment to the youth when is supported. The company should be facing the skill challenges to implement its plans and ready to employ at least 70% of the graduates for at least a period of one year after training. The applying company is expected to be in the lead position to define the content (Training guide) and duration of the training which should not exceed six months (6) and shall be ready to train at least 30 trainees. The company shall be ready to cover at least 30% of the total training cost excluding the costs of equipment/machinery to be invested in the business manufacturing, energy and transport and Logistics.
The most preferable training approach to be used by applying company is Company based training (On job training) and can identify local or international experts/training provider to facilitate the training, but the SDF Secretariat may assist if needed.
The maximum size of grants to be given to successful applicant is equivalent to USD 250, 000 convertible in Rwandese currency based on BNR rates prevailing on the date of SDF Grant Committee approval.
Window 2: Out -of -School Youth
The objective of this window is to provide out-of-school youth with practical skills for work in labour- intensive trades that align them with local demand and opportunities and to allow people who have acquired their competences through informal training to get certified through Recognition of Prior Learning. The window has three ‘sub-windows’: a) short-term practical training for out-of-school youth; b) RPL; and c) skill upgrading for the informal sector. Eligible applicants on a) short term practical training for out of school youth includeTVET schools from both public and private sector or any organization accredited to offer TVET programs and must have demonstrated capacity (knowledge, skill, practical experience, training facilities, and the necessary relevant machines/tools) to provide the proposed training. Eligible applicants on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) include integrated Polytechnic Regional College (IPRCs) and Polytechnics from both public and private sector.Eligible applicants on skill upgrading for the informal sector include Professional Associations, trade unions and Federations and should be having signed a partnership agreement with the recognized/accredited training provider demonstrating capacity to implement the proposed trainings.
Both non-agricultural and agricultural courses are eligible for support. The training may include an introduction to basic entrepreneurial skills. The Training duration for a) short-term practical training for out-of-school youth and c) skill upgrading for the informal sector may vary from 3 to 6 months period. The maximum size of grant to be given to successful applicant is equivalent to USD 300, 000 convertible in Rwandese currency based on BNR rates prevailing on the date of SDF Grant Committee approval. Grantee co-funding for non-government applicants is 15% (in kind).
Window 3: Apprenticeship/Internship
This section has two types of training programmes, namely “apprenticeship and internship”. The purpose of this window is to provide program beneficiaries and graduates with an opportunity to acquire labour market relevant skills. Applicants are supposed to be companies/industries and training institutions.
The apprenticeship is Industry Based Training (IBT) organized by a company/industry that is interested in establishing an apprenticeship scheme within its organization. The training may be fully industrial based if company/Industry has necessary facilities for training or may combine practical training at the workplace with school-based theoretical classes (dual training). Interested applicant shall submit their application supported by the recommendation from PSF.
Internship is a placement of TVET graduates as interns in an enterprise/institution to gain useful skills and exposure to real world of work environment.
Applying institutions are supposed to be existing accredited TVET institutions from both public and private sector in collaboration with companies willing to take on interns.
Applying TVET institutions must show that they have entered an agreement with relevant companies with sufficient capacity to cater for the number of proposed interns – placement.
The apprenticeship and internship period should not be more than six (6) months.
The maximum size of grants to be given to successful applicant is equivalent to USD 125,000 convertible in Rwandese currency based on BNR rates prevailing on the date of SDF Grant Committee approval. Grantee co-funding for non-government applicants is 5% (in kind).
For all windows, the evaluation of the successful applicants will mainly base on project relevance, sustainability and cost-effectiveness.