UYEP Literacy and Livelihoods Training (2017-2018)

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NCDC/World Bank

Project Location

Project Duration

2 years

Total Value


Value of Montrose Component



  • The Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP) required 500 youth to be trained in literacy and numeracy, financial literacy, and skills for livelihoods and employment.
  • The intention was to improve the basic employability skills of participants and monitor their performance in post-project employment.


  • Montrose, in partnership with Anglicare PNG, designed an original curriculum incorporating training tools and methods for young adults (aged 15-35).
  • The course provided information and training in skills necessary to make changes to their lifestyles, values, and behaviour.
  • Training was also intended to prepare participants for employment.


  • The project gave underprivileged youth improved employment prospects and inspired positive behavioural change.
  • 97% of employers reported participants as having satisfactory work skills.
  • 83% of participants recognised an increase in knowledge, confidence and skills to be able to enter the job market.
  • By December 2018, there were 2,890 graduates from on-the-job training.
  • Women accounted for 41% of all UYEP graduates.
  • Community leaders reported that youth are less likely to be involved in criminal or anti-social activity as a result of UYEP training.