Hundreds of women complete demand-driven training
In a press statement, the USAID said it funded the programme to train mid-career/semi-professional job seekers and employees working in the private sector.
Classes were developed to teach skills that employers specifically requested after a labour market needs assessment was conducted by the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program (AWDP).
The short-term, merit-based skills training programmes were taught in project management, financial management, investigative journalism, marketing and training of trainers -- the skills needed most by employers for the labour market.
At the ceremony, Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs Fouzia Habibi expressed her support for the programme. “Our sisters have been trained through this programme in skills that are needed in the market.”
Of the 402 women trained, 238 were placed into work or better work, including 69 job seekers who were placed in jobs and 169 were private sector employees who were promoted in their current jobs with a three percent salary increase.
Nadia Baha, who works as an instructor at an Afghan women’s education center, said: “When my friend told me about this programme, I thought it was like other programmes that only give us training.
“But with this training, I had a different experience. After completing it, I attended two interviews and got this job,” the 40-year-old added.
Shahera Salehi, trained in financial accounting before getting a job with the internet service-providerAFSAT, said: “These programmes have helped us to act with a high level of self-confidence.”
Under this programme, USAID has trained more 25,000 skilled workers in mid-level positions, 6 percent of whom are women, in different market-based skills such as financial and project management, information communication and technology, sales and marketing, and construction.
Over 15,600 of those trained have been placed in jobs, or have received promotions in their current job that carried a salary increase of at least three percent.
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