Accelerated Vocational Training Center
“Safadi Foundation” is near completing the construction of the Safadi Accelerated Vocational Training Center, established in the old city in Tripoli, as part of its development program to revive the area both socially and economically. The center’s target is to welcome the youth between the age of 16 and, and train them free of charges, so that they can have a profession.
The results of the socioeconomic participatory assessment of the old city in Tripoli conducted by the Foundation in 2015, showed that 30% of the youth in that area are unemployed. As for the school dropout rate, it reached 19% for the youth aged between 15 and 29, who dropped out of school before the age of 15. One of the main reasons behind school dropout is the status of the schools in the area.
Therefore, the Foundation sought for the first project to be the establishment of a training center, to help the individuals who dropped out of school or who do not have professional skills, and to increase their chances of finding employment.
Professions in the Center
The center will receive young men and women willing to learn a profession, where they will undergo theoretical and practical training on a duration of one to three months. The training will include several fields such as: knitting (the first session of knitting has already started at the Women Academy, affiliated with the Foundation, and will continue in the Vocational Training Center once all the equipment is ready), exfoliation, plumbing, painting, isolation, tiling, joinery, electricity, welding, assistant chef, waiter, infant caregiving, elderly caregiving. Other professions and specializations will be added at a later stage.
At the end of the training sessions, which are set to begin at the end of October, every trainee will receive an experience certificate, recognized by the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation-GIZ, and certified by “Safadi Foundation” and several local and international foundations. It should be noted that a part of the training programs was developed in cooperation with the GIZ and the International Labor Organization-ILO, to suit the Center’s strategy as well as the Lebanese labor market.
Employment Opportunities for the Trainees
Once the training is complete, the Center will seek to provide employment opportunities for the trainees, through other projects implemented within the ROSE Program (Revival of the Old-city’s Society & Economy), specifically through the project of rehabilitation of more than 1500 housing units in the area so that they fit the required health standards, and through the project of producing natural wool blankets.
As a first stage, the center is expected to offer employment opportunities to more than a thousand trainees.