National Youth Service Scheme

National Youth Service Scheme


The National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS) was established in 1996 with the aim to provide the youth who form the majority of the population with the requisite skills to address the acute problem of unemployment. It was supported by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) of Nigeria during its first eight years of establishment.


The NYSS specifically seeks to train the youth to appreciate the dignity of labour, instil in them the spirit of self-reliance and encourage them to create rather than seek jobs. This is in recognition that the youth are the future leaders and as such must be equipped with the necessary skills to enable themcontribute effectively to national development while ensuring sustainable development.


In this respect, the functions[1] of the National Youth Service scheme as detailed in the Act include:


  1. To establish competencies and capabilities in  all aspects of its operations;
  2. To establish offices of the Service Scheme at regional levels and appoint the necessary personnel to those offices;
  3. To promote evidence-based advocacy, planning and decision-making:
    1. Carry out or cause to be carried out any investigation that it deems necessary;
    2. consider such recommendations, suggestions and   requests concerning youth affairs as it may receive from any source; or
    3. Conduct or cause to be conducted such research as it may deem necessary.


  1. For the purpose of section (4) of this Act and within its available resources, amongst others, the Service Scheme must:
    1. provide  counselling and career guidance services to members of the Scheme;
    2. create and administer databases of employment opportunities for  use of members of the Scheme;
    3. provide mentoring services aimed at empowering youths in the economy;
    4. provide bridging programs for youths to facilitate the transition from school or training to the work environment;
    5. provide such other services as may be necessary to achieve the aims outlined in Section 4(I).


The skills training programme spans the following areas: Agriculture, Auto mechanics, Carpentry, Computer/PC Repairs and maintenance, Electrical/Electronic engineering, Entrepreneurship, Farming, Hair-dressing, Maritime and Small Scale Fishing, Masonry, Painting and Decoration, Plumbing, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning, Tailoring, Welding and Fabrication and Fishing & Maritime Training. In order to enable effectiveness of its programme, the NYSS has entered into partnerships/agreements with institutions such as the GTTI, other technical training institutes, farms/orchards/gardens, workshops, companies, etc. for the acquisition of practical skills by its corps members.


Although the Government of The Gambia is its main sponsor, it generates income from its youth farms and other agricultural ventures. In partnership with GAMJOBs, credit facilities are provided to successful corps members to pursue business ventures of their choice.


The board is responsible for among other things drawing up of detailed programmesand schedules of training (which shall be designed to achieve the aims of the service scheme);ensuring that the programmes and schedules drawn up are strictly adhered to,evaluating and monitoring the management of the service scheme, co-ordinating the work of the Regional Committee in furtherance of the aims of the Act, and assessing and reviewing the progress of the service scheme. The regional Committee shall be under the control and supervision of the board and shall be responsible for arranging and providing accommodation, boarding, transportation and other essential facilities for the welfare of the members of the service scheme, preparing reports on members of the Service Scheme; arranging facilities for orientation courses and winding-up exercises, compiling information on opportunities for employment within a region, after consultation with the Director or appropriate authority, deploying members of the Service Scheme, ensuring the safety and security of the members deployed to the regions, selecting service scheme honours and award winners at the regional level; ensuring the effective integration and full participation of the members deployed to their regions; and developing and executing integrated programmes for the development of the regions through community development projects.