ITCILO building bridges and sowing seeds of change

Lebanon: a coaching training programme has started this week in Beirut.

The programme is co-organized by the International Training Centre of the ILO, the ILO Beirut office and the microfinance institution Al Majmoua. It is part of an ILO/UNDP/UNICEF project ─ “Employment and Peacebuilding: Building Bridges amongst ‘Youth at Risk’ in Lebanon” ─, which seeks to enhance the engagement of ‘youth at risk’ through a range of livelihood and social-stability activities, strengthening the linkages and complementarities between the two.

Stability in Lebanon has been severely affected by the Syrian crisis, which has resulted in a 25-30 per cent increase in the population within its borders, placing significant strain on the country’s ability to cope. Nationwide, an estimated 34 per cent of Lebanese youth are unemployed, and competition for jobs is increasingly perceived as the primary driver of tensions between host and refugee communities.

Youth entrepreneurship can be a viable solution to the unemployment problem, while also fostering cooperation and increasing trust between the two communities. The availability of coaching and follow-up services plays a critical role in helping entrepreneurs to deal with the challenges they will inevitably face when starting a new business. This is especially true in fragile settings, where the provision of traditional business development services is limited.

This programme will train business coaches to help young entrepreneurs in the Bekaa Governorate to start new businesses and make them productive and sustainable. By the end of the course, participants will have acquired a set of skills and a certificate of achievement that will allow them to offer coaching services to entrepreneurs.

The three-module training programme is a mix of traditional in-class learning and online exercises and activities: an initial face-to-face training course currently taking place in Beirut, a distance-learning phase from September to November 2018, and a final residential phase in Beirut.

More info at https://fragilestates.itcilo.org

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