In Palestine, there is a lack of adequate vocational training to equip Palestinian youth with the life skills needed to find a job in a hard-to-access job market, and to succeed in the workplace. In addition, there is a stigma around blue collar work, with a societal emphasis on more academic subjects, despite blue collar work being able to provide many Palestinians with the employment and income they desperately need.
The existing Vocational Training Centres themselves are also not reaching the standards they should. Improvement is needed in:
Finally, there is a systemic absence of women in the labour market
Beginning in 2015 and running until 2018, CYEE will partner with the International Youth Foundation, and the Ministry of Labour to implement the Equip Youth Palestine project. The program’s goal is to improve young women and men's access to the labor market in Palestine by capacitating Vocational Training Centers (VTCs) to empower over 900 hundred vocational students with the essential skills, attitudes, and employment support services needed.
EYP includes Passport to Success Training in communications, public speaking, confidence building, and presentation; technical digital training; drop-in career counseling sessions; inspirational guest speakers; job fairs; internship opportunities; and student projects that will help experienced and innovative youth to start their own business
We believe that through this comprehensive employment program, young people will develop a new outlook and attitude towards employment, gain new skills and abilities through training; and be provided with internship and employment opportunities.