Since its establishment the Institutes have provided skills in the various traditional vocational courses. These are:
- Dress making,
- Electrical Installation,
- Carpentry and Joinery,
- General Agriculture,
- Cooking for the Catering Industry (Cookery),
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Programme
Technical and Vocational Education and Training provide essential skilled required by the economy in almost all fields. It involves the acquisition of practical skills, relevant general knowledge, the study of related sciences and technologies, and the acquisition of general employable skills.
The Youth Leadership and Skills Training Institutes (YLSTI) were set up to provide a two year vocational skills training for the youth.
However, under TVET the Institutes provides a four year vocational skills training, and since the Educational Reform Programme was introduced in 2007, infrastructure have remained the same forcing the Institutes to employ the shift classes system and turn dining halls into classrooms to the inconvenience of both instructors and students.
The TVET provides life-long learning opportunities for students in vocational and technical education and training to progress to the tertiary level. Hence the introduction of core subjects in addition to the existing elective subjects.
- English language
- Basic computer literacy (ICT)
Under the TVET the YLSTI are expected to provide Competency Based Training (CBT) to ensure that trainee could be easily integrated into the economies of their communities or find place industry. However, Instructors are yet to be trained to facilitate the implementation of CBT. Secondly, the available infrastructure and equipment cannot support the implementation of CBT. The Institute therefore offers the generics (core subjects) alongside the traditional courses (electives) which have been listed above to make lifelong learning possible for trainees.