Jobseekers complete training course
KABUL (PAN): As many as 160 mid-level jobseekers received graduation certificates after completing training programmes in project management, business communications and employability skills, USAID said on Thursday.
Funded by US agency, the demand-driven programmes were conducted in Kabul by the private sector training organisation Afghanistan Financial Services (AFS), supported by Afghanistan Workforce Development Programme (AWDP).
A statement from USAID said the goal of the Afghanistan Workforce Development Programme was to increase job placements and wages for 25,000 Afghans through access to technical and business education and training, job placement support services.
It added the programme provided grants and technical assistance in major Afghan cities including Kabul, Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Kunduz. It is implemented in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education (MoE).
Stressing the importance of the programme, AWDP Deputy Director Salem Helali said: “AWDP’s model for short-term trainings based on demand from private sector moves employment for mid-level Afghans to the center stage.
“Afghanistan’s private sector needs qualified mid-level officers and managers to thrive and lead the economy of the country,” he said.
A minimum of 25 percent of all AWDP trainees are women. The training providers are committed to ensuring that at least 70 percent of the jobseekers gain employment and current employees receive a promotion or salary increase.
Walid Gulban, one of the graduates, said: “This training was very important for my career development, professional ethics and life in general. I learned how to be an effective communicator, a good presenter and an active team member.”
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