Skills Programmes

Skills to rise above unemployment

We create invaluable opportunities for skills development, offering young people the chance to learn new trades and enhance their existing knowledge.

Building resilience & job-readiness​

Building resilience & job-readiness

Recognising that success in the job market demands more than technical skills, we also focus on nurturing social and emotional resilience and job readiness skills. 

These vital tools prepare them not only for the workplace but also for the challenges they may encounter along the way. Our goal is to empower them to not only secure employment but also to thrive in the often-unpredictable job market.

Ultimately, our approach provides individuals with the means to generate a sustainable income and lift themselves out of poverty.

Through education, skills training, and emotional resilience, we are lighting the path towards a brighter future.

Skills Programmes

Skills Training Programme

Barista School

The Sozo Barista School is dedicated to the art and science of coffee preparation. This programme immerses students in the world of speciality coffee, teaching them how to brew the perfect cup and master the techniques of espresso-based beverages.

From bean selection to latte art, our Barista School cultivates the skills required to excel in the vibrant coffee culture.

Graduates often find opportunities in local coffee shops and cafes and even pursue entrepreneurial ventures within the coffee industry, making this school a pathway to employment and business ownership.

Skills Training Programme

Baking School

The Sozo Baking School is a programme designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge required for a successful career in baking and pastry arts.

Participants in this school receive hands-on training in baking techniques, cake decoration, and confectionery production. From mastering the art of creating delectable pastries to crafting intricate cake designs, our Baking School empowers students to pursue careers as skilled bakers and pastry chefs.

The programme imparts culinary expertise and instils creativity, precision, and business acumen for those interested in entrepreneurship in the baking industry.

Skills Training Programme

Coding School

The Sozo Coding School is dedicated to nurturing the digital talents of the future. This school offers comprehensive training in coding and software development, equipping students with the skills necessary for success in the tech industry.

From web development to programming languages, our Coding School empowers students to create digital solutions and applications. Graduates often find themselves in high-demand careers as web developers, software engineers, and IT professionals, contributing to the ever-evolving world of technology.

Skills Training Programme

Beauty School

The Sozo Beauty School focuses on the field of beauty therapy and cosmetics. Students in this programme receive training in skincare, makeup artistry, and spa treatments.

Our curriculum emphasises a holistic approach to beauty, understanding both the science of skincare and the artistry of makeup application.

Graduates are well-prepared for careers in the beauty and wellness industry, with opportunities in salons, spas, cosmetic sales, and even freelance makeup artistry.

Skills Training Programme

Hairdressing School

The Sozo Hairdressing School is a dynamic programme that trains individuals in the art of hair care and styling. Students learn the latest hairstyling techniques, hair cutting, colouring, and salon management.

Our school is dedicated to cultivating skilled hair professionals who are not only creative but also knowledgeable in the science of hair care.

Graduates of the Hairdressing School often embark on fulfilling careers as hairstylists or salon managers or may choose to open their own salons, serving their communities with confidence and style.

Skills Training Programme

Construction School

The Sozo Construction School offers a unique blend of theory and practical training in various construction skills, including tiling, woodworking, bricklaying, painting, electrical work, and plumbing.

Students learn the art of construction, from blueprint reading to hands-on building. The programme emphasises safety, precision, and craftsmanship, preparing graduates for careers in the construction industry.

As skilled construction workers, they may find employment in construction companies, become self-employed contractors, or engage in apprenticeships to further their expertise.

The Journey

The typical journey of a youth participating in our Skills Programme:
Life Skills Training
Skills Training
Job Shadowing
Job Readiness
Job Placement

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Employment Placement Rate

Skills Graduates


Hours of Vocational Training

Zoe's Story

When the student becomes the trainer

Read Zoe’s inspiring journey from student to Junior Hair Facilitator at Sozo Foundation’s vocational skills program.

Kayla's Story

Building confidence, one cup at a time

From overcoming mental health challenges to a new-found confidence. Read Kayla’s powerful experience of the Barista School of Skills programme.

Ethan's Story

Finding meaningful employment

After a year at home, Ethan heard about the Baking programme at Sozo. Little did he know that it would lead him to finding meaningful employment and discovering his life’s purpose.

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