Provide Training in Carpentry





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Cameroon

Location: Limbe

Total Budget: $108,720

Area of Focus: Economic and community development

Provide Training in Carpentry and Joinery


To continue to provide quality training to Cameroonians who produce high quality furniture for the market thereby alleviating poverty, and to preserve the rich culture of woodwork by equipping our training center with advanced machines giving access to young underprivileged boys and girls to receive quality training and financial support to build a career in the art of carpentry.

Who will benefit from this global grant?

Underprivileged young boys and girls who have the desire to build a career in carpentry and carpenters in profession will be the beneficiaries of the training which shall be carried out by the Presbyterian Woodwork Training Center Ombe, South West region, Republic of Cameroon.

Teams that will be supported

In line with our training goals, the groups of persons or entities listed below shall be supported from the available grants

- Presbyterian Woodwork Training Center will be supported with upgraded machines that she will use to offer quality practical training and used in the production of quality goods (Providing training)

- Underprivileged young boys and girls enrolled into the training (Receiving training in carpentry, machine handling and maintenance and financial support in the form of tools and light machines)

- Artisan carpenters from woodwork workshop in the towns of Buea, Limbe and environs (Receiving training on specific skills in woodwork such as on wood lamination, machine handling and work safety, advanced production techniques, wood seasoning, waste management and finishing)

- Carpentry students from technical colleges (Receiving practical training during internships)

What training needs will the team address and how where these needs identified. Provide any relevant data or survey results.

- In Cameroon, many youths lack the means to enable them get formal vocational training especially in the field of carpentry which they so much desire. The Presbyterian Church through her Youth Department has identified over 750 Young boys and 150 young girls leaving in the rural areas of the South West, North West and Western Regions of Cameroon who have expressed great interest to learn carpentry as a means of alleviating their families from poverty.

- Although the Presbyterian Woodwork Training Center has been fulfilling this need by training underprivileged youths in the art of carpentry for free, there is an urgent need for the center to upgrade its infrastructure with better training machines to accommodate the increasing number of youths needing training. In addition, trainees often cry for the center to seek ways of better assisting them financially during and after their training by helping them get accommodation and acquire hand tools and light machines for use in their career.

Detail the specific objectives for the training, including expected positive changes in recipient knowledge, abilities and or/skills

The specific objectives for the training are;

- To upgrade the training equipment to guarantee quality practical training and to hire more qualified tutors to handle theory lessons

- To increase the number of trainees we accommodate at a time from 10 to over 30

- To provide training on the use of advanced machines and new production techniques

- To provide sustainable financial support to trainees enabling them attend training continuously or start a business in the woodwork sector.

- Engage in knowledge sharing with professional carpenters by hosting seminars, workshops and offering students on internship the possibility to put theory into practice.

- To improve on the work, health and safety conditions of the workers and trainees

By succeeding in our objectives, there will be a consequent positive change in recipient knowledge, abilities and or/ skills in the following ways;

- The use of advanced machines would imply the handing down of advanced skills and advanced production techniques to trainees. This will definitely increase their chances of gaining employment or creating a small workshop of their own.

- By providing financial support to trainees, they will be able to focus more time and attention on the training thereby increasing the possibility of them acquiring the relevant skills which they need to excel in their career.

- The expected increase in financial support from 100,000Fcfa to 250,000Fcfa handed to trainees at the end of their training will serve as a source of start-up capital as trainees will own basic equipment and tools needed to carry on petty jobs in the community.

- Those we train are young underprivileged boys and girls from families leaving below the poverty line and this initiative offers hope and a career to the hopeless. This has given us a good reputation in the public. Also graduate trainees will invest their income and skills in the development of their villages by starting a woodwork workshop thereby employing other underprivileged youth and supporting their relatives and friends financially with the income they generate from employment.

- Other vocational training schools like the Government Higher Teachers Training College Bamenda, Cameroon Opportunistic Industrialization Center Buea and Government Technical College Ombe etc stand to benefit from our practical expertise as they often send students for practical internships to our center every year.

- Through short term workshops and seminars, we shall be able to share knowledge thereby improving the skills of many local carpenters who are self-employed or working for other workshop owners. For example, we recently ran a two weeks workshop on wood lamination in partnership with the National Wood Promotion Center Yaoundé with 35 carpenters from Limbe and Buea attending.

How were members of the local community involved in planning the training? Does the training align with any current or ongoing local initiative?

- The selection of trainees was carried out by youth work helpers and youth leaders of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon who have access to over 80% of youths leaving in the rural areas of 7 out of the 10 regions of Cameroon. They have a database of 750 young boys and 150 young girls needing vocational training and from where young Cameroonian boys and girls of age 15 and above, classified as underprivileged but holders of First School Leaving Certificate are selected to undergo training.

- In partnership with the Regional Delegation of Forestry and the National Wood Promotion Center Yaoundé, we have developed training lessons and schedule training programs for local carpenters in Buea and Limbe offering them the opportunity to upgrade their skills and knowledge in short term seminars and workshops lasting 2 weeks.

How will you support training recipients so that skills received through training are kept up to date

Training recipients will be supported during and after their training in the following ways,

- Trainees shall receive monthly allowances to support their accommodation and transport.

- Tool boxes shall be provided to trainees to enable them practice efficiently

- Hand tools and light machines shall be handed to graduating trainees

- Local carpenters shall be exposed to better training materials during seminars and workshops to help them develop specific skills and competence.

Upload a daily itinerary for the training team. Include both travel and training activities

A. First 2 months of Training

- 8 weeks induction program where trainees are introduced to the syllabus, workshop operations, wood seasoning and preservation techniques, health and safety.

B. Next 10 Months of Training

- Daily classroom lectures from 7:30am to noon and practical sessions from 1pm to 4pm

- Daily classroom lectures will cover subjects in woodworking machines, vocational drawing and product design, small business management, marketing and law and government woodwork practical, woodwork technology, professional calculation, communication skills in French and English.

- On Mondays and Fridays only, morning devotion from 7am to 7:30am

- Excursion to wildlife and government protected forest zones to introduce trainees to different species of trees and the efforts made on conservation and reforestation

C. Last 24 months of Training

- Daily practical lessons taking place in the workshop from Mondays to Thursdays.

- Fridays will be reserved for classroom lessons to revise and integrate theory with practice.

- Semiannual open days where trainees showcase and auction their products to the public

- Trainees to attend trade fairs and exhibitions

- Organize 6 workshops within a period of 2 years. Each workshop session will run for 2 weeks with participants being local carpenters and professionals in practice to help them upgrade their skills

- Excursions to other woodwork centers and businesses

- At the end of the 3 years training there will be graduation and handing over of hand tools and light machines as support to graduating trainees

Expected Financial requirements

Machines Fcfa USD

1 Turning machine 2,750,000 5.500

2 Dowelling machine 1,500,000 3.000

3 Thickness plainer machine 2,000,000 4.000

4 Spindle molder machine 3,500,000 7.000

5 Mortising machine 750,000 1.500

6 Band saw machine 1,700,000 3.400

7 Filing machine 1,750,000 3.500

8 Cross cut machine 2,000,000 4.000

9 Circular saw machine 2,500,000 5.000

10 Drilling machine 750,000 1.500

11 Jig saw machine 450,000 900

12 Radial saw machine 1,200,000 2.400

13 Surface plainer machine 2,500,000 5.000

14 Belt sanding machine 2,500,000 5.000

15 Compressor machine 1,250,000 2.500

16 Rooter machine 750,000 1.500

17 Engraving machine 1,500,000 3.000

18 Frame Mitering machine 750,000 1.500

19 Milling machine 850,000 1.700

20 Door Lite cutout machine 1,750,000 3.500

21 24 spindle carving machine 1,200,000 2.400

Subtotal Machines 33,900,000 67.800

Financial Support to Trainees

17 Transport Allowances to trainees 3,240,000 6.480

18 Accommodation of trainees 3,600,000 7.200

19 Medical Expenses 450,000 900

20 Safety Equipment 2,160,000 4.320

21 Cash on tools (250,000frs per trainee) 7,500,000 15.000

Subtotal Financial support to Trainees 13,710,000 27.420

Administrative Expenses

22 Travelling, Excursions / others 1,350,000 2.700

23 Documentation / Publicity 1,800,000 3.600

24 Auditing and control 1,500,000 3.000

25 Classroom Tutor Allowances 2,100,000 4.200

Subtotal administrative 6,750,000 13.500

Total Grant Required 54,360,000 108.720


The training offered by the Presbyterian woodwork training center is indeed practical and professional. Trainees are sure of gaining the required skills needed to be self-employed or to accept a job role within the highest level in the art of carpentry. Our success stories range from the fact that former trainees of our center are superior in their work place in terms of the quality of products they produce, the skills they display in their privately owned workshops compared to those trained outside our center. This training proposal aims to enhance and expand our impact by utilizing advanced machinery, more competent human resources, increasing the number of trainees, increasing the support we give trainees to enable them start their career or create a sustainable business of their own. Instead of seeing youths go through life without a career, the Presbyterian Church has taken the initiative to offer youth's an opportunity to gain professional skills and to use these skills in producing goods for customers, earn an income out of their labor and even create jobs by opening workshops of their own. However, the Church should not be left alone in this good idea, reason that we are looking for partners like you to assist us provide a career for the underprivileged youths. Open the link below to see pictures of what the trainees can do including pictures of official visits to the training center. https://www.flickr.com/photos/130424561@N07/sets/72157651070384125/

Primary Host Partner

District: 9150

Rotary Club of: Limbe

Primary Contact: John Ndakwah

Email: jandakwah@yahoo.com

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