Opportunities for skills development and work experience
Because of this development potential of agribusinesses, one particular aim of the ‘Agribusiness Acceleration project’ is to create jobs for vulnerable youth and women and combat unemployment rates. This helps youth, women and the community at large to build a brighter future, better livelihoods and strengthen their position in the labour market.
CINOP contributes to the project by developing two vocational training programs for youth:
In co-creation sessions with SMEs and teachers, we develop a Job Readiness Training curriculum based on the needs of the agricultural SMEs present in Mosul. Before the end of the project, 250 vulnerable youth will have successfully completed the training. After the training, they are matched to an SME to gain further experience.
The concept of ‘internships’ is relatively unknown in Iraq. Recent graduates of agricultural educational programs will be given the chance to conduct an internship at an SME while receiving guidance and coaching from a supervisor and experienced teachers in agriculture.
As of January 2021, we are in the middle of developing the content for both programs, after which an intensive training for teachers and supervisors will take place. More than 5000 young people have already applied for one of the training programs. This truly shows the need for these vocational training programs and the motivation of youth to grow their skills and experiences. We will keep you updated on the progress of this project.