The SkillUp Gombe project took place at Gombe State University, providing 203 participants, ages 17 to 30, training in digital marketing, content writing, graphic design, and web design. The project used job-readiness tools to teach participants practical skills through a project-based approach. Participant diversity was important to our team, so out of the 203 participants, 92 were female and 19 were persons with disabilities.
The project’s facilitators were comprised of YES and other USG alumni and volunteers with vast knowledge and experience with the training topics, and who have worked in the freelance sector and thrived using platforms like UpWork and Freelancer.
In an exit survey, 98% of participants agreed that the project was useful to their immediate working environment as freelancers, and 89% answered in the affirmative when asked if they felt confident they could take on projects related to the skills learned during the training.
The Skill-Up Gombe Project was sponsored by the KL-YES Alumni Grant.