Vocational training prepares unemployed Basrah youths to enter the job market

Jun 2, 2014

Graduation Ceremony of Basrah Youths in Amman under UNDP & Shell Partnership.Photo by UNDP-Iraq 2014.

Basrah Iraq, 2 June 2014 – A group of 31 unemployed male youths from Basrah Governorate have graduated from a vocational training programme in Amman, Jordan, an initiative delivered under a partnership between The United Nations Development Programme and Shell Iraq Petroleum Development BV (SIPD).

The participants, from the Al Nashwa and Al Dayir sub-districts, were divided into different groups allowing them to complete three month training modules on carpentry, plumbing or welding; skills which were assessed as being required within the local communities. The participants were selected on the basis of a transparent and thorough screening process.

On their return to Iraq they will continue to receive support from both UNDP and Shell, who will liaise with their contractors in Basrah to try to source opportunities for the group to allow them to continue their practical training as they prepare to enter the labour market.

The programme further illustrates Shell’s commitment to increasing the capacity of Iraqi youth and progression of 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, inequalities whilst encouraging stability and prosperity in Iraq.

Lionel Laurens, UNDP Iraq’s Head of Area-Based Development added: “We have been impressed at the application, desire and commitment these young men have demonstrated who can now work towards building a better future for themselves and Iraq. It is also about strengthening the communities’ sustainability and resilience.

Stephen Macklin, Safety, Environment and Social Performance Manager of Shell in Iraq commented: “There’s little doubt initiatives of this type can have a positive impact on these young men who have shown a real aptitude for learning.

“Contributing to the further development of communities through our capacity building activities can help to create sustainable employment opportunities.”


Lionel Laurens, Programme Advisor

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