Vocational Training is Key to Income Generation and Improving the Future of Unemployed Youth in Basrah – UNDP and Shell Iraq
Basrah, Iraq, 24 February 2014 – The United Nations Development Programme in Iraq and Shell Iraq Petroleum Development BV (SIPD) are partnering to bring 30 unemployed male youths from Basrah Governorate to receive high quality vocational training in Amman, Jordan on 3rd March, 2014.
The initiative aligns the common purposes of UNDP Iraq and Shell in the region, fulfilling Shell’s commitment to increase the capacity of Iraq’s youth and include Iraqi companies in the supply chain of the oil and gas sector, and UNDP’s recognition that the promotion of a strong local private sector contributes to reducing poverty and inequalities whilst encouraging stability and prosperity in the fragile state of Iraq.
“This project is emblematic of hope for the country,” said Lionel Laurens, UNDP Iraq’s Head of Area-Based Development. “Young people see themselves living in Iraq and contributing to the community, that they are committed to rebuilding and working for the future.”
The 30 selected participants, from the Al Nashwah and Al Dair sub-districts, will complete a three month training course to become semi-skilled workers in the high market demand trades of carpentry, blacksmithing and plumbing.
“Expanding our existing capacity building programmes in the region will further contribute to skills development in local communities,” said Stephen Macklin, Safety, Environment and Social Performance Manager of Shell in Iraq. “There’s little doubt that can help towards improving livelihoods through increasing opportunities for employment and future income generation.”
Christos Mylonas, Shell Iraq
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