ANNOUNCEMENT: SkYE – Third request for applications to the training fund (RFA3)

The Skills for Youth Employment (SkYE) Programme is inviting another round of applications from registered organisations (public, non-government, private, not for profit) to provide grant funded technical, vocational education and training (TVET) to disadvantaged young women and men aged 15 – 30.  Partnerships are encouraged, especially with employer organisations.

Organisations must:

  • Complete training by 31 December 2021 – short or medium-term training
  • Ensure that training leads to National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) preferably at Level 2 or above (or internationally recognised equivalent).
  • Incorporate soft skills in training
  • Be financially stable with organisational bank accounts and robust financial management systems


This RFA focuses on:

  • young women, especially in traditionally male dominated sectors
  • young people with disability (PWDs)
  • promoting climate resilience
  • innovative approaches to training to promote access and improve quality, e.g. flexible timetabling, adaptive use of buildings and resources (including IT), adaptations of the curriculum.


Grants will cover a maximum of 85% of total training project costs with a minimum 15% contribution sourced from training providers and partners. The grant may cover, but not be limited to, the following areas:

  • direct costs for delivering training: trainers, training materials and manuals, consumable materials, small tools and training equipment
  • provision to facilitate trainee participation and include those challenged by disability, e.g. modest stipends for meals, transport and child-care
  • job placement support and tracking
  • fees charged by the certificating body


[NB: grants will not cover capital expenditure on fixed assets such as land, buildings, and equipment etc.]

Application support will be provided by the programme’s team of Country Co-ordinators.  For guidelines, application forms and submission of initial Concept Notes, send an email to: Jules Pascal at, copied to

Deadline for submission of initial Concept Notes is Friday, 31 July 2020.  Successful applicants will be asked to submit a full proposal.


About SkYE:

SkYE is a four-year programme designed to develop a better skilled, more productive and inclusive workforce in St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The programme is focused on improving the occupational skills and employability of disadvantaged youth aged 15-30 years to enable them either to move out of unemployment or to progress to more significant employment.


For more information, visit or call (767) 612 2647.

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