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Enhancing Youth Employability in the Gaza Strip

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Islamic Relief, in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), is implementing“Enhancing Youth Employability Project in the Gaza Strip” “EYE” which continues for three years. The overall objective of (EYE) project is to contribute to a unified TVET and LM system that provides youth with good quality labor market relevant skills and effective employment services as well as the local economy with the required skilled labor force. In order to achieve these objectives and to contribute to the adaptation and implementation of the Palestinian National TVET (revised 2010) in Gaza, the EYE project will collaborate with diverse local stakeholders including ministries, private sector organizations and public TVET institutions.

Project objectives

1.  In the course of the project, Palestinian National TVET strategies are adopted and implemented in the Gaza Strip

2.  By the end of the project, the capacity of public TVET institutions is revitalized in terms of improved facilities and curricula, and human resources are enabled to deliver employment-oriented training in selected occupations

3.  By the end of project, vocational training in selected occupations is delivered to new national standards, and successful trainees are employed.

Project methodology

The EYE project will achieve its objectives through a combination of TVET institution building, human resource development, curricula development and new labour market initiatives. More specifically, the project will select three existing TVET institutions in the public sector and upgrade them, in terms of building infrastructure, equipment, curricula and staff capacity, into TVET Centres of Competence for three specific economic sectors.

Importance of stakeholder involvement

The close involvement of key stakeholders in developing and guiding the progress of the EYE project is crucial to the project’s success and long-term sustainability. Key stakeholders in this project include

·        Ministry of Education and Higher Education

·        Ministry of Labour

·        Ministry of Women’s Affairs

·        Employer organisations

·        Employee representatives

·        Islamic Relief

·        UNRWA and NGOs involved in TVET

Project -target group

The following groups are among those who will benefit from the EYE project

·        Young women and men who are currently unemployed

·        Employers and employer organisations

·        TVET providers

·        NGOs involved in TVET provision