AMIDEAST conducted training targeting a regional workforce seeking to acquire skills that improve success in today’s challenging economic environment. Nearly 4,700 men and women benefited from courses, workshops, and seminars in areas such as global communications, technology usage, interpersonal skills, entrepreneurship, and performance-based management practices. Our offices tailored training to meet the specific needs of public and private organizations in diverse economic sectors. With donor support, we also advanced the employability prospects and entrepreneurship potential of young men and women through special programs.
With funding from the Al Khatib Foundation, Asfari Foundation, Boeing Company, Citi Foundation, International Labour Organization, OCP Foundation, Phosboucraa Foundation, and U.S. Department of State, AMIDEAST's Skills for Success® and other skills training programs enhanced the employability of 4,100 individuals in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the West Bank. Pay-It-Forward components of many of these programs expanded and deepened their impact as core participants themselves led workshops sharing what they had learned with an additional 10,000 youths. Training rounds in 2019 continued to demonstrate the efficacy of the Skills for Success approach and curriculum, which AMIDEAST developed to address the region’s high youth unemployment rates.
The AMIDEAST Entrepreneur Institute in Beirut advanced entrepreneurship in Lebanon through training supplemented by mentoring, individual support, and management consultancy and legal services. In addition, Lebanese, Palestinian, and Syrian youth who want to launch a business as a path to a brighter future were able to choose an entrepreneurship track in the Skills for Success programs offered by our Lebanon office. In other bright spots, AMIDEAST-managed, OCP-funded learning centers offered support for aspiring business owners in Morocco; and, in Egypt, a second round of the two-year Youth Entrepreneurship Program was launched as part of the Citi Foundation-funded Skills for Success: Employability and Entrepreneurship program.