Sustainable Livelihood

To increase incomes and expand opportunities for community members through promotion of equal opportunity and enhanced technical, vocational and entrepreneurship skils.

Adolescence a period of life between the ages of 10 and 18 is characterized by important physical, social – health and developmental needs- and psychological changes. It carries new risks, but also provides unique opportunities. VCDF has identified both Lagos State ‘Special Correctional Centre for Boys’ and ‘Special Correctional Centre for Girls’ as an integral part of our programming.

The correctional centres have the responsibility of reformation, re-socialization, rehabilitation and reintegration of children who are beyond parental control, in conflict with the law and survivors of unfortunate circumstances. Our programming for ‘at-risk’ children and young adults targets the following areas: health and hygiene, life skills, vocational training and capacity building on self-reliance and agricultural value chain development.

Entrepreneurship Development Training (EDT+)


This programme helps in developing entrepreneurial abilities. The skills that are required to run a business successfully are developed among community members from participating in this programme. In addition, petty trading and micro entrepreneurs who require capacity and means would also benefit from this programme.

How we get there

Building employability skills through experiential learning, such as internships, summer jobs, apprenticeships, and service-learning offerings to teenagers and young adults.

Delivering training programmes that will help build business acumen and leadership skills, and supports the youth start their own enterprises.

Encouraging the spirit of self-reliance among entrepreneurs and develop small-scale enterprises.

Vocational and Technical Training (VTT+)


The VCDF Vocational and Technical Training (VTT) programme serves multiple purposes to prepare women and youth living in identified communities of interest for work and skill related opportunities. The VTT+ will provide knowledge and skills related to occupations in various sectors of economic and social life through formal, non-formal and informal learning methods in work-based learning contexts to achieve VCDF aims and purposes, focused on the learning and mastery of specialised techniques and the tradecraft principles and techniques.

This skill development-based programme will leverage learning and developing work related skills and mastery of underlying knowledge of vocational domains. This will span both formal employment and self-employment.

How we get there

Providing programmes that help student learning participants access VCDF resources to build broad employability skills, such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills, and entrepreneurship that prepare them to enter the job market.

Inculcating entrepreneurial skills in potential entrepreneurs and help develop the same in existing entrepreneurs.