Graduation Model participants interested in wage-employment receive technical/vocational training to increase their employability profile. By conducting a market assessment in conjunction with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the areas of food and beverages, tourism, and trade were identified with the highest probability of incorporating the refugee population into the labour market. Thus, wage-employment participants focus on vocational training that will assure them the skills needed in those sectors. Of the 75 project participants who chose the wage-employment path, 48 are acquiring skills in the areas of residential electrical installation, cell phone repair, beauty services, human resources, accounting, basic computer skills, computer maintenance and repair, English, and First aid, to mention a few.
On the 28thof August, 75 participants who enrolled in the courses “Starting a business” and “Business plan” received their certificate for their participation and performance in the courses. In addition to this training, participants are able to access a starting capital (to start a business) or micro credit (to expand the business). They also receive support and advice on issues of budget management, marketing and business management in order to sustainably generate their own income and achieve self-reliance.
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