Working in the rural areas of Timor-Leste, EDC provided 2,500 minimally-educated men and women (ages 18-30) with a 12-month workforce preparation program that combined off-the-job instruction with on-the-job training. The program included literacy/language learning, employability and life-skills training, entrepreneurship training, and vocational skill building. Trained counselors worked with each program participant to identify their development goals and mentored the youths to ensure the integration of the formal instruction and on-the-job training components of the program. At the end of the program, counselors assisted participants in taking the next step in their development—returning to formal schooling, entering the workforce, or starting their own business.
United States Agency for International Development