GIZ/Step II program

About Project: For the last 3 years, Dereja has been serving as a bridge by working with several universities and TVET colleges in Ethiopia on building capacity among graduating students on their employability skills. We have also organized several Career Expos and have been a pioneer in establishing career centers across Ethiopian Universities. Through our experience of working with the young people, Dereja’s vision is to become the leader in providing implementable, innovative solutions to tackle the young people unemployment problem in Ethiopia. Since 2017 Dereja has trained about 25,000 graduates on employability skills and job readiness. We have established about 14 career centers in public universities, organized 12 regional career expos in different universities and a National Career Expo in 2018 that secured jobs for over 6,000 graduate students.

GIZ/Step II program is currently working with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MoSHE) to reduce young people unemployment rate through enabling fresh graduates to get a job within one year after their graduation. Among the programs created to enhance fresh graduates’ employability skills is establishing and sustaining model career centers in universities and TVET colleges.

Based on our research, we discovered that the reason many graduates are not work ready and lack career awareness is lack of efficient career center services in the higher education institutions and TVET colleges. This directly contributes to the young people unemployment rate in Ethiopia. The following four major activities (with their own sub-activities) are identified as an intervention of the project in order to address the unemployment problem:

I. Establishing and strengthening career centers

II. Building a sustainable system for the career centers

III. Career Center Capacity Building

IV. Identifying best practices on job matching

Target beneficiaries of the program– The beneficiaries of the project are Fresh graduates from universities and TVET colleges.

Expected outcome-A well-mandated career center will be developed. The center will have its database that will monitor the activities of the center, the records of the students and the employers. The newly established or enhanced center will be able to host various career-related workshops and events that help the students grow professionally.

The staff will be equipped with all the necessary knowledge that will help them address the needs of the involved stakeholders: All staff members will have the operation and service manuals that can give them all the necessary details of the center. They will able to address all inquiries of the students or potential employers

Response to COVID-19-It is known that currently COVID-19 is a global challenge for businesses and individuals. In light of this, it is recommended that serious measures (like social distancing) shall be taken by every citizen. Therefore, in response to this pandemic Dereja has leveraged an online/virtual platform to deliver some of its activities for the project such as Career service management training delivery for TVETs and Universities.

Supported By

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Ethiopia on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since 1964.  GIZ operates in Ethiopia on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and other national and international partners.