Step towards Success with INJAZ Lebanon
With the Steps to Success project INJAZ Lebanon reaffirms its commitment to connect youth to the workplace, preparing them for a successful future! Thriving to fight and narrow the damaging effects of unemployment in Lebanon, INJAZ Lebanon is implementing the Steps to Success Project, funded by the United States Government with the support of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). Through this project, INJAZ Lebanon aims to improve the employment prospects of Lebanese university students.
Around 400 students will benefit from training on workforce readiness and financial literacy with a competitive internship and job placement program that spans two years. A work-readiness program: the Head Start, and a financial literacy program: the Personal Finance, will take place in the first year. The Steer Your Career and Business Ethics programs follow in year two. At the end of the first year, a minimum of 120 students will be selected for internships at INJAZ Lebanon's partnered companies and local businesses whereas a minimum of 80 students will be selected for job placement at the end of year two.
The Arab world is currently facing a massive unemployment problem that is disproportionately affecting our youth. Unfortunately, the Middle East North Africa region currently has the highest youth unemployment rate in the world at over 26%, compared to a world average of 12.6% . In Lebanon specifically, youth unemployment has reached over 35% in the last year, and the influx of Syrian refugees has kept unemployment rates higher .
 Global Employment Trends for Youth 2012. May, 2012. Geneva: International Labour Organization. http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/documents/publication/wcms_180976.pdf
 MENA Quarterly Economic Brief. The World Bank: January 2014. http://www.worldbank.org/content/dam/Worldbank/document/MNA/QEBissue2January2014FINAL.pdf
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