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Vocational training programme prepares unemployed Basrah youths to enter job market

: Monday, June 09 - 2014 @ 12:45

A group of 31 unemployed male youths from Basrah Governorate have graduated from a vocational training programme in Amman, Jordan, an initiative delivered by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Shell Iraq Petroleum Development BV (SIPD).

The participants, from the Al Nashwa and Al Dayr sub-districts, were divided into different groups allowing them to complete a three month training on either carpentry, plumbing and welding depending on their preference.

On their return to Iraq they will continue to receive support from both UNDP and Shell, who will liaise with their contractors in Basrah to try to source opportunities for the group as they prepare to enter the labour market.

The programme further illustrates Shell’s commitment to increasing the capacity of Iraqi youth and progression of Iraqi companies in the supply chain of the oil and gas sector, and UNDP’s recognition that the promotion of a strong local private sector contributes to reducing poverty, inequalities whilst encouraging stability and prosperity in Iraq.

Lionel Laurens, UNDP Iraq’s Head of Area-Based Development, added, “We have been impressed at the application, desire and commitment these young men have demonstrated who can now work towards building a better future for themselves and Iraq. “Young people see themselves living in Iraq and contributing to the community, that they are committed to rebuilding and working for in the future,” he concluded.

Stephen Macklin, Safety, Environment and Social Performance Manager of Shell in Iraq, commented, “There’s little doubt initiatives of this type can have a positive impact on these young men who have shown a real aptitude for learning. “Contributing to the further development of communities through our capacity building activities can help to create sustainable employment opportunities,” he added.

For more enquiries please contact:
Mr. Nureddin Wefati
Head of Media Relations for Middle East & North Africa
Shell EP International
Tel: +97147055347
Email: [email protected]

Mr. Ali Khan
Spokesperson Middle East & North Africa
Shell EP International Ltd
Tel: +97144054563
Email: [email protected]

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