Model & Strategy

West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE) is a vertically-integrated vocational training platform. WAVE seeks to empower millions of West African youth with industry-relevant employment skills that transform their mindsets and access to employment opportunities that enhance their social mobility, whilst broadening employer access to the best-suited young talent for their job opportunities.

Using the “hire for attitude, train for skill” model, WAVE provides self-motivated youth with skills employers want, teaches them how to stand out professionally by inculcating a mindset of continuous improvement and places them in paid technical apprenticeships in high-growth industries to “earn while they learn”.

At a Glance
Founded: 2013
Co-Founder: Misan Rewane
Current CEO: Molade Adeniyi
Economic Empowerment
Location of work: International, Africa
WAVE
Lagos, Nigeria
Tackling youth unemployment in West Africa
Misan Rewane of WAVE
Meet Misan Rewane

Misan Rewane is CEO and co-founder of West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE).  Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Misan is no stranger to the challenges of education and social mobility in West Africa. When her parents, unable to ignore the education system’s breakdown, sent her to the U.S. for college, Misan resolved to play a role in transforming the region’s education system so that one day she would have the option to send her own children to local schools. After earning her Economics degree from Stanford University, she worked in management consulting with The Monitor Group in New York and London on projects in both the private and public sectors.

Molade Adeniyi has over 12 years of experience in the health industry where she developed expertise in business development. Molade studied Pharmacy at King’s College London and has completed the Senior Management Program at Lagos Business School and holds a post-graduate diploma in Pharmacy Practice with a specialization in Strategic Management and Marketing.

IMPACT

Since WAVE’s launch in 2013, over 3,200 disadvantaged youth have graduated across its 4 academies. Over 5,000 university graduates have been trained on employability skills via WAVE’s partnership with state governments.

Today, 60% of WAVE graduates work in stable full-time service sector jobs, transforming their income from an average of $73 to $164 per month.

By 2023, WAVE aims to train over 100,000 youth in our academies and through replication partners, with at least 50% of graduates being able to double their income. In 2020, they will scale their impact across and beyond Nigeria, training 1,500 youth in their academies and 8,000 through replicators.

  • WAVE in Partnership with Street 2 Click and Digital Fortress is equipping Youths with I.T and Soft Skills for Free!… https://t.co/2r835rCBy6
  • We’re happy to share the impact of our work on the lives of young people in 2022. As we celebrate our 10th anniver… https://t.co/Qq7Scmj7nn
  • #jobsearchtuesday Some interviewing tips; - Maintain eye contact with your interviewer, and - Be clear and conc… https://t.co/fnAASmT3uv
  • Adeyemi shared his experience coming to the WAVE training and the classes that made the most impact on him. You ca… https://t.co/U3cq94ZBBm
  • Nigerian Bottling Company in partnership with WAVE is equipping youth on employability/hospitality skills training… https://t.co/YVjwJAoCwg
  • We’re celebrating #InternationalDayofEducation by sharing a few stories of how we have collaborated over the years… https://t.co/lpv3AQqJNt
  • “The quality of teachers often times determines the quality of the students”. Quality education is a right of ever… https://t.co/T6ukbwHQjv
  • We are excited to announce that we have been selected as one of the @ng_youthfund development grantee. This grant… https://t.co/GPVgfgqLJd
  • We are turning 10 this year🎊🎊 There is no better time to share our impact in the youth unemployment space in Afric… https://t.co/mHOu8mIJwl
  • Happy New year 2023 🎉 Today we celebrate a beginning filled with renewed energy and opportunities for lasting succ… https://t.co/CNJEj1az3o
  • As 2022 comes to a close, we want to say a heartfelt thank you for your support and engagement with WAVE over the… https://t.co/cEKD9rcQO3
  • We have a special gift for our employer partners this season😊🎁 Our recruitment team is available to help fill you… https://t.co/2oF9vRNUSk
  • Our training empowers these young people with skills and opportunities that can change the course of their lives an… https://t.co/2Scilw9S5E
  • An exercise to improve your communication skills ➖Record yourself speaking about any topic ➖Take note of how you… https://t.co/y0gUzcI3w4