Skills shortages are another constraint regularly cited by businesses. In many cases, firms experiencing challenges in finding qualified local workers instead hire regional or international professionals. SMEF has identified that there is a strong need for market demand-driven skills development for the benefit of SMEs development and growth.
SMEF explored the Somali landscape of skills training providers and the type of skills SMEs need. This analysis strengthened the connection between the business development component of SMEF and training of individuals.
With help of these local skills development providers, SMEF will support the provision of technical, practical or job specific skills that are needed in priority sectors for the Somali economy, including agriculture, livestock, energy, fisheries, manufacturing (including food processing and water small industries) and construction.
To date, SMEF has supported more than 184 individuals.