Phase 2 of the VET project titled “Matching and Adapting Vocational Education and Training to Market Needs”
Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Norwegian People’s Aid, NPA
From October 2008 to September 2009, the CEP implemented the first of a two-phase project aimed at identifying areas of vocational training which are open for Palestinian refugees while focusing on assisting UNRWA and other VET providers to adjust their training programs in accordance with market needs, taking into consideration the new openings for employment especially in the administrative and clerical fields provided to Palestinian refugees. A shared online database was established that compiles information from 8 VET providers working among Palestinian refugees, including UNRWA’s Siblin Training Center to facilitate coordination and help avoid future duplications in course offerings. Access to the database was given to all VET providers, whose specialized data entry clerks tracked and registered graduates from all providers across Lebanon - going back to the year 2000.
The second phase of the project, launched on 22 September, 2010 seeks to continue the work of phase one to ensure the continuity of future data entry as well as to use the collected data to match and adapt VET to identified market needs through consulting experts in economics and VET.
The main achievement expected from this second phase will be to support the implementation of changes in the vocational training domain in line with the changing needs identified in the market place. It will also facilitate informed development policy planning and decision making and will be complementary to the results of other projects that the CEP in cooperation with the International Labour Organization are conducting with significant added value from the expected synergies.
The impact on the VET providers will be seen through the increased capacity to provide appropriate and quality vocational and education services to Palestinian youth, who will in turn have greater skills to be competitive within the labour market and better able to secure adequate employment. The continued support given to VET providers during this project will ensure that the work of tracking and registering graduates can continue in the future, and the analysis and recommendations provided by the consultants will allow all VET providers to adapt their curricula in order to meet employment needs.