Workforce Development (WfD)
The WfD Component focuses on providing female job seekers and women already in the workforce with the knowledge, skills, networks, and support facilities to enable them to join the formal workforce or advance into mid to senior level positions. Under this component, WIE focuses on increasing access to employment information, increasing work experience, and improving skills in areas of market demand.
Internship and Apprenticeship Program:
The Internship and Apprenticeship (IA) Program is currently operating in all provinces of Afghanistan, although full time representatives are not based in Kunduz, Kapisa, Nuristan or Uruzgan due to the low numbers of prospective beneficiaries and host companies in these provinces. An internship gives beneficiaries an opportunity to put skills learned in school to practical application, and to gain work experience. An apprenticeship is a system of training new workers in a specific trade or profession through on-the-job training. WIE realizes there are challenges and insecurities that a young woman faces when she first enters the workforce. Before being placed in an internship, all program beneficiaries undergo a 20-hour Job Readiness Training which teaches young women valuable skills such as CV writing, interview skills, work ethics, personal finance, and how to combat harassment and other challenges that might be faced in the workplace. All host companies are vetted and approved by WIE before any interns are places to work within them. To apply to the WIE IA program, visit hyperlink:
Forward Together Scholarships
Forward Together Scholarships are designed to help Afghan women and girls who have a basic education gain specific technical skills needed by employers, with the goal of obtaining a job. Over many previous months, WfD staff developed a list of eligible programs of study to guide applicants toward acquiring more marketable skills, and engaged with local training institutes to provide certified courses to obtain necessary and marketable work skills. Examples of such programs are short to medium term training courses in ICT, healthcare, finance, media, and administrative skills. To apply visit hyperlink:
Career and Employment Services
WIE will partner with SearthPath one of the leading private employment and career counselling services in the world. More details coming soon.