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Initiative secures jobs for young people to match their interests

By Suzanna Goussous - Mar 24,2016 - Last updated at Mar 24,2016

Graduates of a programme to improve young people's business and work skills pose for a group photo on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Injaz)

AMMAN — Away from the extremism and harsh conditions the region is witnessing, Injaz NGO, in cooperation with the Lazord Foundation, is working on empowering young people and improving their skills in preparation for entering the workforce. 

After a year of training on business skills, 40 students on Wednesday received their certificates at a graduation ceremony held by the two organisations. 

The programme is provided in three Arab countries: Jordan Egypt and Tunisia, according to Abdel Hadi Qallab, public relations officer at Injaz. 

After a year of training, the participants are hired at the companies they were interning at.

Thuraya Ibrahim, employment programme officer at Injaz, said there are 12 fellows in Jordan each year at civil organisations, where most of their work is field-training.

“The aim is to [enable] the youth to work in civil society organisations to organise programmes and projects,” she said.

Ibrahim added the candidates are chosen if they fit the criteria, regardless of their university majors.

Ibrahim added that the programme provides fresh graduates with an opportunity to get involved in the labour market and gain experience.

Lazord Foundation Executive Director Nelly Corbel said the fellowship seeks “to prepare young, passionate leaders to work in social development and civic engagement”.

She added that participants are placed in host organisations relevant to their interests, where they receive 24 training sessions to prepare them to receive employability operated by Injaz.

“Unemployment among the youth [in the region] is increasing… we are proud to say that Injaz and Lazord provide for at least 12 fellows every year to solve this problem,” Corbel told The Jordan Times at the graduation ceremony.

“A lot of wonderful things are happening in the Middle East, but sadly, [they are] not shared around the world, a lot of our youth are creative… coming up with solutions to global problems, unfortunately, it is not this youth we hear about,” she continued.

Qusai Amayreh, one of the beneficiaries and a former fellow, said he started volunteering with Injaz as a university student.

“Follow your passion; you don’t have to work in your university major… The programme added so much to my personality — do not assume, be open-minded,” the 27-year-old told The Jordan Times. 

Dana Akhras, a current fellow, said she applied to the programme to “change society for the better”.

 

She added that the programme provides opportunities for young people to “turn ideas into projects". 

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