Returnees are provided with life skills, financial literacy, entrepreneurship skill and vocational skill training programs, in the areas of their interest as well as based on the demand of the local market. Besides skill development, returnees also benefit from business development services as well as relevant support to initiate businesses including access to finance.

Moreover, in partnership with the private sector returnees interested with wage employment are also supported through job placement.

Enterprise development: Strengthen the entrepreneurship skills of returnees

Entrepreneurship and motivational skills training

  • Developed a standardized entrepreneurship and motivational skills training manual and provided a Training of Trainers (ToT) training for 214 TVET teachers and experts in the three regions.
  • Further to the ToT, the training was cascaded to 10,363 returnees in the 21 woredas


Strengthen the vocational skills of returnees

  • The ILO in close collaboration with the three regional technical vocational education and training bureaus have standardized ten short term skills training modules namely poultry, beekeeping, fattening, dairy production, metalwork, block production/construction, food preparation, horticulture, furniture and garment
  • Further to the standardization of training modules, 6,701 (2,282 F) returnees in the three regions benefited from the training.

Increase access to finance for returnees

  • ILO established a dedicated matching loanable fund worth ETB 20 million in each region in partnership with micro finance institutions namely ACSI, DeCSI and OCSSCO for the provision of loan for returnees.
  • Currently ETB 55,156,525.80 (USD1,967,486.83) has been disbursed and 1,911returnees (768 female) in the three regions have benefitted from the loan and established a sustainable livelihood.
  • In partnership with a local non-profit, ILO organized 1,095 returnees into Savings and Credit Cooperatives and is in the process of organizing 426 returnees all in 11 woredas of the three regions and training them on Basic Business Skills, Entrepreneurship Skills, Life Skills, Leadership and Management Skills.

 Wage employment

  • ILO has partnered with the Ethiopian Women Entrepreneurs Association (EWEA) to provide skills training on hairdressing, beautification, domestic work and housekeeping and secure employment through wage employment and self-employment for 3,000 women returnees in the three regions. Currently 2,680 beneficiaries have been trained in the three regions and job placement will be facilitated
  • ILO has partnered with the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) to provide skills training on major activities of the horticulture sector and secure employment for 2,290 returnees with their member farms in the three regions. Currently, 1,383 local vulnerable communities have benefitted from the training and are employed in flower farms in Oromia and Amhara region.
  • ILO organized 3 job fairs in the three regions to allow returnees meet with potential employers depending on their skills and interest. 1,731 jobs were committed for returnees by private sector through these job fairs.