Call for Participants - IPYET 2012

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The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the Zambia Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), the Ministry of Sports, Youth and Child Development (MSYCD), and partners are organizing an international training workshop on “International Perspectives in Youth Entrepreneurship Training” IPYET 2011. The workshop, is designed as an annual intensive trainer-of-trainers programme in youth entrepreneurship training. The workshop is expected to share experiences in youth entrepreneurship training in countries and introduce participants to contemporary materials, techniques and approaches developed in the field.

The Workshop

There are several manuals, tools, models, frameworks, and approaches in training young people in entrepreneurship. Several questions however arise –

how relevant do young people consider these; how effective and efficient are these trainings; what worked, what didn't, and what lessons were realized; are these workshops really youth centred or are they just entrepreneurship training?

These and many more are unending questions underlying the need for such an international workshop. This workshop is an attempt to find answers to some of these questions.

The Commonwealth will showcase several models in the area of small business financing, advocacy towards creating an enabling environment for youth enterprises and Business Development Services (BDS). Models such as Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB), SCREAM™ Child Labour Tools, WEDGE, and Gender and Entrepreneurship Together (GET Ahead), from the ILO will be showcased. Several other approaches from ILO, CYP, UNIFEM, GTZ, UNDP, Junior Achievement, the IMF, World Bank, and UNICEF among others will be presented during this training programme. A unique component of this programme is its focus on “participants' facilitation”. The programme is flexible and experiential. All participant co-facilitate various sessions and their own country/project experiences come to bare in shaping the learning experiences for the group.

Workshop Objectives

By the end of the programme participants would be able to:

  • Describe good practices in the field of youth entrepreneurship training
  • Use new materials, techniques, and approaches in their youth entrepreneurship training programmes
  • Explore further information on sources of youth entrepreneurship training materials and techniques
  • Design, implement, and evaluate sustainable Youth Entrepreneurship programmes

Target Participants

The workshop is targeted at youth development practitioners, social development programmers, enterprise mentors, trainers and academia. The workshop will accommodate a maximum of 30 participants. Participants are expected to have minimum of an academic degree with at least 1 year experience in youth work, or a diploma with at least 3 years experience in youth work.

Participants' profiles include:

  • Youth Officers working with Ministries responsible for youth, National Youth Councils, Youth Resource Centres, etc.;
  • Officers and trainers with enterprise and entrepreneurship training centres;
  • Youth development practitioners and programmers;
  • Policy officers and planners working in the area of Youth Employment
  • Staff of NGOs, CSOs, and International Organizations with a focus on youth employment/entrepreneurship;
  • Academics, etc.

Workshop Language and Dates

This programme will be conducted in English as follows:

  • Online Training (internet access required) – 31st January to 25th March 2011
  • Residential Programme – 15th April to 24 April 2011 in Zambia.

Visas and Travel Support

Not all nationalities may require a visa prior to entering Zambia. The organisers will provide support letters for visa applications upon request. Visa fees are at least US$50. All participants will be responsible for covering any visa related fees.

Participants' Fees and Other Costs

A: Tuition and Materials $1,300
B: Lodging $1,600
C: Board/Dinner and Incidentals    $300

TOTALS $3,200

*Tuition and materials include the cost of the tuition, resource and learning packs, as well as lunch during workshop days. The costs indicated here do not include costs of airfares/transport to and from Zambia, and travel documents and visa fees if applicable.
~Figures for Board and Incidentals are estimates only. If paid to the programme account, it will be refunded at the start of the workshop in Zambian Kwacha equivalent. You can calculate the prevailing exchange rates using the Currency Converter

Getting Financial Support

The CYP Regional Centre for Africa (CYPRCA) and the ILO Lusaka Office for Zambia will offer partial bursaries to some participants upon application. Bursaries may cover only (A) tuition and materials and/or (B) Lodging. Bursaries will NOT cover allowance. Bursary recipients/organizations are expected to cater for their own travel to and from Zambia, dinner, and local upkeep (C). Bursary applicants should indicate their request for a bursary and fill the motivation page on the nomination form and submit to

Deadline for applications for bursaries is 26th August 2011. Successful applicants will be notified by 26 September 2011.

About the Organisers

The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) is an intergovernmental organisation of the Commonwealth Secretariat, working to integrate young people into national development. Founded in 1974, the CYP has for over three decades provided a range of services to young men and women, youth workers, NGOs and national governments in the four regions of the Commonwealth. The CYP operates from four regional centres located in Zambia (for Africa), India (for Asia), Guyana (for Caribbean), and Solomon Islands (for Pacific). Youth Enterprises and Sustainable Livelihoods (YESL) is one of three strategic programme areas of the CYP. The programme promotes a sustainable livelihoods approach to youth employment in the Commonwealth by stressing on the need for young people to become job-creators (youth entrepreneurs) instead of merely job-seekers. ...more

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the tripartite UN agency that brings together governments, employers and workers of its member states in common action to promote decent work throughout the world. The International labour Organization (ILO) Lusaka office Youth Employment Project (YEP) addresses two different levels of activities, both of which are essential in creating more and better employment for young people. The programme concentrates on creating an enabling environment with regard to youth employment and support for National Action Planning. The programme also pilots innovative approaches to decent employment and entrepreneurship for young women and men based on international good practices and related to the needs of and potential of the economies of countries, as well as targeting sectors economic sectors holding potential for decent employment, self-employment and enterprise development for young people.

Workshop Follow-up Arrangements

Participants are expected to develop action plans for enhancing current youth entrepreneurship training programmes in their countries. CYPRCA, ILO, and partners will provide a 07-month virtual technical advisory support and Business Development Services (BDS) for implementation and evaluation of learning from this training programme.

Venue Details

The venue for this year's residential workshop is once again, the Lake Safari Resort. Set on the banks of the Kariba Lake, and fed by the mighty Zambezi river, the resort is Zambia’s premier conferencing destination. A wireless LAN hotspot and 24 HR Broadband Internet enables delegates to have plenty of free online access.

Lake Safari Lodge Siavonga,
P. O. Box 33565, Lusaka, ZAMBIA
Tel: +260 211 511148/511024
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