Apprentice Wage Rates: Extent, Determinants and Implications

This report provides findings from an in-depth survey conducted at 72 local businesses clustered around commercial markets located across Ganta, Gbarnga and Monrovia Cities of Liberia. The aim of the study is to provide a better understanding of wage rate business proprietors pay employees, which are classified in the study at entry level apprentices without… Read More Apprentice Wage Rates: Extent, Determinants and Implications

Psychosocial Baseline Findings

Prospects’ Psychosocial Team conducted a baseline study which seeks to explore the perceptions and behaviours of young people engaged in Prospects’ Psycho-social program. It focuses on five key thematic areas: 1) livelihoods, 2) financial inclusion, 3) relationships and community participation, 4) life skills and risky behaviour, and 5) youth resilience. The findings indicate that youth… Read More Psychosocial Baseline Findings

PRACTICE PAPER: Experiential Learning

The term ‘experiential learning’ is often mistakenly used to describe any learning experience that involves participatory activities. Yet, this misconception often fails to include real-world application of learning and therefore can fall short of lasting behavioural change. Experiential learning methodology is core to the Prospects psychosocial programme in Liberia, which builds ‘pre-employment skills’ in 3,500… Read More PRACTICE PAPER: Experiential Learning

PRACTICE PAPER: PROSPECTS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME – A guide to design and implementation

Apprenticeship programmes hold the promise of smoothing the school-to-work transition through connecting unemployed youth with jobs, adding critical work experience to CVs, and building both soft skills and technical skills that can only be learned from practice. Particularly in contexts where technical or vocational training is weak, apprenticeships can be a vital step in preparing… Read More PRACTICE PAPER: PROSPECTS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME – A guide to design and implementation

LEARNING PAPER: Real Talk with Liberia’s Youth & Employers

Tackling youth unemployment in Liberia involves addressing head-on some pretty big questions. What does work mean to Liberia’s youth? What drives them to seek out employment? What are employers’ perceptions of Liberian youth?  What skills do they most value? From June 2014 through May 2015, Mercy Corps conducted a series of market research projects with job-seeking… Read More LEARNING PAPER: Real Talk with Liberia’s Youth & Employers

CASE STUDY: Youth Public Sector Program Provides Pipeline to Employment

Compiled by Melvin K. Miller – Results, Learning and Research Assistant The National Cadet Program in Liberia seeks to achieve the twin objectives of increasing youth employment and building human capacity in government ministries. Implemented by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in collaboration with Mercy Corps,. the program seeks to help graduating or recent… Read More CASE STUDY: Youth Public Sector Program Provides Pipeline to Employment