Can Skills Training Programs Increase Employment for Young Women? The Case of Liberia.

The Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (EPAG) project in Liberia consists of six-months of classroom training followed by six-months of placement and support (including micro-enterprise advisory services and internship and job placement assistance). Participants are trained in business development skills, job skills, and life skills, and the program includes a capacity-building component for local partners. The aim is to smooth the transition from the classroom to wage or self-employment. According to midline results from 2012, the program led to a 50% increase in employment among trainees, increased average weekly income by 115%, and significantly increased girls' savings.

World Bank (2012)


Mixed.RCT.Vocational, business development, and life skills classroom and on-the-job training.Employment increased by 50%. Incomes increased by 115%. 16-27 years old with basic literacy and numeracy skills, currently not in school.