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Youth economic empowerment in Timor-Leste

Enabling young people to access employment, and giving them a voice

Timorese youth, including those from vulnerable groups, have the capacity and opportunities to participate fully in decision making; to realise their rights, including the right to economic security; and to take a lead role in the economic, social, political and cultural development of their communities, through promoting peace and social equality.

Timor-Leste has a young, rapidly growing population and high levels of unemployment, particularly amongst rural youth, so our programmes working with young people to increase their skills and employment opportunities are a critical part of our work.

The Youth Empowerment Programme is focused on youth aged between 15-24 and supports them to complete vocational training courses in hospitality, administration and construction. These skills will support youth to find employment both in Dili and their own communities.

To date, more than 160 youth from Aileu District have completed vocational training in Dili in hospitality and administration - skills that increase their confidence and opportunities to find employment.

The Youth Empowerment Programme also provides training for Timorese youth in Life Skills, Civic Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene related behaviour change, conflict resolution, business skills, gender awareness and sexual and reproductive health. These trainings are an opportunity for youth to gain valuable skills that will support them to become leaders within their communities.

Students learn how to cook and prepare meals at a vocational training course in Dili.