On 24th and 27th April, 2014 SHAQODOON Organization with support from Save the Children International (SCI), held two inclusive youth employment conferences in Borama (AWDAL) at Rays Hotel, and Barwaqo Hotel, Berbera, Sahel region. The main objective of the conferences was to bring together leading academicians, policy makers, business leaders and development planners in Somaliland to advocate in promoting job opportunities for youth and advance necessary policies for future planning to promote youth employment and participation in the economic development of the country.
The conferences were well attended and featured a variety of presentations, lectures, group discussion and brainstorming session among participants. Participants at the conferences shared ideas in the current employment challenges and barriers as well as resources and existing policies pertaining to youth and youth entrepreneurs.
During the conference, participants were divided in to different groups with various training specialties and experiences that included, local council members, business leaders, youth entrepreneurs, youth job seekers, local organization and academicians dissect regional employment challenges in general and that of youth in particular. The groups brainstormed, analyzed and presented the employment challenges as well as exploring available opportunities overcome unemployment in each of the regions.
The main findings from the workshops included; participants stating that a clear disconnect of the skills provided by the TVET and the higher universities to the market-driven opportunities available. Businesses identified that they have to look elsewhere to find the skills they need for manufacturing and other business skill needed. The businesses emphasized that the problem is not only lack of experience which many of the businesses are willing to provide but it is the minimum requirement which is not there in the training institutions