OBJECTIVE 1
Offer young people the chance to access a decent and sustainable job

OBJECTIVE 2
Contribute to local economic development

ACCESS TO A DECENT AND LONG-TERM JOB IS POSSIBLE!

82% of the graduates from the Seeds of Hope program have a job or have gone on to higher education one year after completing their course.

The IECD’s training programs obtain very good results, in particular thanks to the breaking down of barriers between companies and the world of training. More than 80% of the graduates of the Seeds of Hope program deployed since 2007, have a job or are continuing their studies less than a year after obtaining their diploma. In 2017, 86% were satisfied with their current position!

The IECD’s vocational program mainly targets young men and women from 14 to 25 years from poor backgrounds and without any qualifications.

The electrical engineering sector is in great demand in Lebanon. It allowed me to find a job quickly. I am very happy with my job at Beirut airport and it has made me forget my me to forget my idea of emigrating.

Charles MALEK

Electrical engineering graduate in Lebanon

THE FIVE PILLARS FOR IMPLEMENTING TRAINING

It is by strengthening the links between training and the world of business and acting on all the factors that help to adapt teaching to the needs of companies that the IECD helps young people to find employment and facilitates their long-term integration into the economic dynamic of their country.

A TRADE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS TO ENSURE YOUR FUTURE AND THE FUTURE OF YOUR COUNTRY

22% of young people in the world are inactive: they are not in education, employment or training.
3 out of 4 are young girls.

According to the International Labor Organization, “71 million young people aged from 15 to 24 years were unemployed in 2017”. The global estimate for the number of young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), a larger category than before, is 21.8%, a large majority of whom are women (76.9%).

The inactivity of young people, who are an intrinsically essential part of the future, prevents the economic development of countries and is also an obstacle for social cohesion and peace.

In order to put a stop to this phenomenon, it is essential to boost the local economy. In developing countries, many sectors are potential vectors for employment but they struggle to find qualified local staff. Training is often the problem. Unadapted to the needs of companies, too theoretical, often undervalued, it is not seen as a solution for youth employment.

THE INTEGRATED
PROJECT APPROACH

For 30 years, the IECD has supported or created professional, modern and relevant training courses that meet the needs of companies and local markets. But, it is not enough to create a good quality training course (updating of content, training of trainers, equipment, etc.), it is also necessary to help young people to access courses, receive support from their families, learn the codes of the professional world, ensure that companies know the profile of the students who have followed the training, etc. The IECD is able to obtain effective results through its efforts to remove all obstacles to youth employment.

COMPLETE TRAINING

Companies need employees with as many technical skills as soft skills. In order to increase their chances, young people need to be operational and able to adapt to different environments. The IECD’s training courses also include the acquisition of soft skills, including all the key skills required in the professional environment (respect for the hierarchy, punctuality, commitment, service to others, etc.). Furthermore, personal development modules allow young people to understand themselves better and refine their professional project. Finally, technical job search workshops are organized to help young people who want to write their CVs and prepare job interviews.

REINFORCE THE LINKS BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND ENTERPRISES

In order to bring together the interests of young people and those of companies, the IECD is devoted to building bridges between the two:

The Career Guidance Offices (CGO) project, introduced in Lebanon in the frame of the Seeds of Hope program, was rolled out in other countries in 2017: this was the case of Morocco, which saw the creation of a CGO in 2017, and Egypt, where almost 2,000 students from technical education benefited from the services of three CGO, namely, 3.5 times more than in 2016.

THE EXAMPLE OF LEBANON: CAREER GUIDANCE OFFICES IN ORDER TO STRENGTHEN SCHOOL-ENTERPRISE LINKS AND FACILITATE ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

LOCAL PARTNERS

12 Lebanese public and private technical high schools

PROJECT LAUNCH

2012 – 2nde phase en 2016

2017 RESULTS:

  • More than 3,000 students benefited from the activities organized by the CGO.
  • 1,200 students found an internship or employment (138 students found a job) thanks to the CGO.
  • 12 CGO managers benefited from the IECD’s training courses.

5,000 students from the Seeds of Hope program benefited from the services of the CGO in 2017.

The role of Career Guidance Offices (CGO) is to create a link between students and the labor market“, explains Georges Makdessy Elias, head of CGO at the Arts and Trades School in Dekwaneh. “Job search techniques, work placements and training in preparation for the labor market provided by the CGO help students to acquire the skills needed for their integration into companies.

Since 2012, in partnership with the Fondation Drosos, the sole financial partner, the Guidance Employment and Training project facilitates access to employment by young people through the development of a network of Career Guidance Offices (CGO) throughout Lebanon. Present in 12 state and private technical schools, Career Guidance Offices advise young people about the courses that exist and their openings, prepare them for the world of work through targeted training courses (drafting of CVs, job hunting, preparation for job interviews, etc,), and provide them with support in their search for work placements and jobs.

In order to ensure advice and a quality service, the IECD constantly provides training for Career Guidance Offices and organizes events  (seminars, employment forums, etc.) which bring together companies, schools and institutional partners. Thus, it strengthens ties between the ecosystem’s stakeholders and promotes vocational training.