Skills for Employment Programme

  • P Project/Program

A Active

Key Information

This programme will provide young Nepalis with the opportunities to improve their employability, productivity and decision-making. It will continue and expand FCDO’s ambition on skills training in Nepal, by providing skills training to at least 100,000 poor and disadvantaged young Nepalis - especially women- so that they can access better jobs and higher incomes. In response to the April 2015 earthquake, one component will focus FCDO resources on providing skills to Nepalis in earthquake-resistant housing construction to help with the enormous reconstruction needs in earthquake-affected districts.

Unlike many other skills training programmes, the Skills for Employment (SEP) programme takes a business-orientated approach to skills training with a specific focus on women and disadvantages groups. To date, SEP’s partnerships with businesses have resulted in 11,702 beneficiaries being trained and placed directly into employment. Of these beneficiaries, 4,297 are women, 7,856 are from disadvantaged groups, and 8 are people with disabilities. The migration component of the programme has extended support to 20,089 incoming/outgoing migrants in the form of affordable microfinance loans.

Lead Implementing Government(s)



South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2015 - 2024


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation


COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Vocational training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Gender equality

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys out of school, Girls out of school


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All out of school

School Level

  • Vocational

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Learning while working

  • Vocational training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

Not applicable or unknown

Cross-cutting goals

  • Increased employment/job-related skills