STEP 1: Define and analyse the labour market

Start by exploring the field. What are the local business opportunities? Which industries are hiring? Ask local communities which products or services they need. Are there any vacancies? Survey companies to find out which skills they are looking for. In short: analyse the situation and define the market and job opportunities accordingly.

Analysing the labour market
The objective of this project is to help young Maasai to escape poverty and unemployment. Kenya-based ILIDP began the 7-STEPS by defining local needs and undertaking a labour market study. Questionnaires were distributed to key stakeholders in the community. The outcomes of the study were used to develop a successful project. Read more about how vulnerable young Maasai were helped to improve their livelihoods.

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Vocational education for people with disabilities
The main aim of the EmployAble Programme is to provide quality TVET education to young people with disabilities, so that they can become employed or self-employed. The analysis of the labour market, STEP 1, proved to be crucial for increasing disability awareness among stakeholders, identifying training and employment opportunities, and encouraging stakeholders to appreciate diversity in the workforce. Read on to find out more.

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Improving the livelihoods of unemployed youths
The provision of market-driven, high-quality agricultural training: that is the goal of Nurture Education and Development (NED). The organization transforms the lives of unemployed youth and increases agricultural production. Along with its partners, NED followed the 7-STEPS approach and carried out a detailed assessment of labour market needs and current policies. Self-employment was identified as a key focus for TVETs in rural areas. Read on to find out how NED analysed the local labour market.

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