LOCATION

LOCAL PARTNERS

General Directorate for Technical and Vocational Education (DGETP) at the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Social Affairs + 12 technical senior schools

PROGRAM LAUNCH

2017

Maharat Li Loubnan (MLL) – The IECD and the AFD join forces to fight youth unemployment

Over the past seven years, more than 5.5 million people have fled Syria, finding refuge in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and beyond. Neighboring Lebanon alone has welcomed about a million Syrian refugees for a total Lebanese population of 4.3 million. Life in Lebanon is a daily fight for the refugees, who find themselves with very little or no financial resources. About 70% of them live below the poverty line. This massive influx of refugees has created a great deal of tension and is threatening the internal balance of a country in which the institutional climate remains fragile. Essential public services are saturated and difficulties are increasing in the labor market (rise in unemployment, development of a black economy). Young refugees and young Lebanese are particularly affected.

The Maharat Li Loubnan project (Competences for Lebanon), entrusted to the IECD by the AFD over a 4-year period, aims to favor the employability of vulnerable Lebanese populations and refugees (especially young people and women). For this, it is focusing on training in developing professions. Indeed, the technical training system is unable to meet the needs of enterprises and the requirements for accessing these courses are not adapted to populations in extremely difficult situations. The Maharat Li Loubnan project aims to contribute to overcoming the structural and temporary difficulties of vocational training in Lebanon. Beyond a wish to offer young people the means to meet their needs and those of their families, the project aims to strengthen solidarity between communities and facilitate social harmony. It is deployed according to four lines of intervention

LINE 1 : IMPROVE THE SOCIO-PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION OF VULNERABLE POPULATIONS THROUGH THE SETTING UP OF CERTIFIED SHORT TRAINING COURSES AND SUPPORT FOR INTEGRATION.

LINE 2 : ALLOW 300 VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TRY SELF-EMPLOYMENT.

LINE 3 : OVERHAUL OF TWO TECHNICAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMAS: PRODUCTION MAINTENANCE AND A SECOND SECTOR TO BE IDENTIFIED.

LINE 4 : STRENGTHEN THE CAPACITIES OF THE DIRECTORATE-GENERAL OF TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION.

2017 results:

  • Opening of 3 new regions to certified short training courses in Septembre 2017.
  • 112 young people benefited from certified short training courses, 57% of whom were women, in the frame of MLL. 114 others for the Tripoli project.
  • 58% of them found a job one month after completing the training.
  • 50 trainers were trained in teaching practices and technical subjects during 11 sessions.

2017 results:

  • Launch of a First start-up training (SUT) in November 2017.
  • 8 young people out of 15 from certified short training courses in Tripoli benefited from the business incubator’s first Start-Up Training project in December 2017.

2017 results :

  • Launch of a new technical baccalaureate in maintenance and study to extend the training offering to a new sector in September 2017.
  • 42 students enrolled for training in maintenance for the 2017 academic year in the three pilot schools.
  • 18 teachers trained in teaching practices and technical subjects.
  • Two sectors requiring an overhaul were identified: nursing care and computer programing. The creation of a new technical baccalaureate is being studied.

A study and support fund designed to support the process’s stakeholders will be set up. A study will be carried out within two years after the start of the project with a view to identifying the levers on which support can be set up.