Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) 2016 & 2017


Liberia has a population of 4.2 million of which the youth constitute 65%. Many of these young people missed out of school, particularly vocational skills necessary for gainful employment amidst harsh economic realities. Most of the young people, some as young as 13 years, are self-supporting and can not afford the high cost of acquiring quality vocational skills training. It is this gap that SHIFSD through its Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program is trying to bridge to afford these young people the employment that leads to a decent living.

Following several months of seeking for funding for the TVET program, the Turing Foundation in The Netherlands in collaboration with ZOA Refugee Care Liberia  have provided a grant totaling US$86,350 in support of the SHIFSD’s TVET and Literacy program for 2016 and 2017 respectively. This two year grant agreement is expected to benefit 400 beneficiaries, particularly young people. Preparation has begun for the first round of training, and classes  will commence on Monday, 1st February 2016. Courses being offered include: General Construction (carpentry, masonry, electricity and plumbing) Vehicle Mechanics, and Two Stroke Mechanics (i.e. generators and motorbikes repairs) and tailoring integrated with small business management, adult literacy and the science of personal achievement.

The various programs are offered on a tuition free basis though students or trainees are required to pay registration and admission requirements’ fee amounting to $2550 Liberian dollars (equivalent of US$28.97) for academic  year 2016. Other programs such as Agriculture, Computer Literacy, and Cosmetology will be added once funding is available.

In 2015, a four member Sticthing INITIAT Delegation headed by INITIAT Board Member, Judith Kinds, visited SHIFSD from 13 to 22, November, 2015. Key amongst reasons for their trip was to see and evaluate the INITIAT’s funded construction of the SHIFSD’s multipurpose youth training center and discuss the next steps relative to the SHIFSD and INITIAT partnership. At the time of writing this block, the INITIAT delegation has expressed their satisfaction over the achievements of SHIFSD covering the past four years including the timely construction of the aforementioned center coupled with its determination to grow into a learning institution.

Executive Summary of SHIFSD Institute's Business Plan

1.0   Executive Summary

This business plan shows a total investment need of $116,660, with a potential appreciable financial and social turnover in three years. The purpose is to raise capital to set up and run a technical and vocational training institute as a social enterprise. SHIFSD have invested about $45,000 in land while close to $70,000 has been invested in building containing six training rooms and three office facilities for the training courses.

Self-Help Initiative for Sustainable Development (SHIFSD) Enterprise and Job Training Institute or Center (The BRIDGE) is a social enterprise initiative setup to provide technical, vocational education and trainings and other services to the fast growing but highly unemployed youths population in Monrovia (in the Gardnerville area). It is situated at the center of three populated communities (Johnsonville, Barnesville and Bensonville).

The youth population in these communities is about 55-60% of 500,000 people and is ever growing. Many of the youths and young adults’ educational pursuits were adversely affected one way or the other during the Liberian civil war. Some were used as child solders, parents killed, made disable or displaced and did not have access to education. With relative peace in the country, many of them have managed to acquire basic education (Junior – Senior High school certificate) but do not have the much needed skills to take advantage of growing job opportunities in the country from foreign direct investments and other sources.

It is against these situations The BRIDGE is initiated to provide tailor-made and job/demand driven training programs as means of providing alternative livelihood for the youths and young adults in an ideal environment, through qualified professionals using modern equipment at affordable prices. Revenue generated from these programs will be used to sustain the institute while the rest channeled towards SHIFSD’s humanitarian/charity ventures.

1.1 Objectives

The objectives of SHIFSD Enterprise & Job Training Institute (The BRIDGE) include but are not limited to:

  1. Providing market or demand driven technical and vocational educational and trainings (TVET) and Agro-business skill trainings for urban, rural youths and adults.
  2. Blending technical and vocational skills with entrepreneurial and optimal living skills as a package
  3. Providing a center ideal for recreation/tourism for students functions and adventurous people
  4. Charging affordable yet sustainable fees for the training programs, products immerging out of these activities and for the services provided at the institute.

1.2 Mission

The mission of The BRIDGE is to provide efficient, affordable yet cost conscious technical, vocational and agribusiness education to ambitious youths and adults in Monrovia and its environ to acquire self-sustainable and marketable skills for livelihood, in an environment ideal for learning, hosting functions and leisure. With focus on becoming the source of innovative entrepreneurs, technically skilled workforces and the supplier of qualified labor force to multinational companies in Liberia for the sustainability of SHIFSD’s humanitarian programs.


1.3 Keys to Success

The key success factor of The BRIDGE are:

  • Tailoring our training programs and services to the labor and supplies needs of local and multinational companies operating in Liberia.
  • Form alliances and partnership with prominent institutions offering same/similar programs to meet international best practices and standards.
  • Form partnership with high schools, government ministries and agencies, NGOs CBOs etc. as sources of supply (students) and support respectively.
  • Construct guest houses and boarding facilities and provide catering services for organizations, functionaries, individuals for occasions and leisure, as well for students.

Ensure staff providing trainings and other services receive adequate and routine trainings to meet customer expectations, while remain motivated on the job