Employment training for Palestinian women

A classroom for training Palestinian women in computer technology

A classroom for training Palestinian women in computer technology. CLWR/R. Granke

For many years, CLWR has supported the Vocational Training program of the Lutheran World Federation in Palestine. Since 1950, thousands of Palestinian young people have graduated from the Vocational Training Program (VTP) and are gainfully employed with jobs in the trades throughout the West Bank.

Recently, the VTP has taken steps to place a greater emphasis on the training of women. The aim is to provide relevant market related training to women and enable women to secure jobs that will improve their lives and the quality of life for their families.

A new training center has opened in Ramallah, West Bank. It is located in the middle of this growing city, which is the economic and political hub of Palestine. Classes have begun in courses

Yousef Shalian and Thaer Marrabeh

Yousef Shalian, director of the Vocational Training Program and Thaer Marrabeh, director of the Vocational Training Centre in Ramallah. CLWR/R. Granke

geared to the interests of women and the needs of the labor market. Courses in technical aspects of computers are equipping women to look for administrative jobs and support the growing business sector in Palestine.

Other courses in craft production are planned. Research is also taking place to develop curriculum that will expand into non-traditional skills for women. A new VTP strategic plan has been developed which provides for an expansion of female trainees and new course development.

CLWR is very proud to support the VTP. We rejoice in the opportunity to support the growth of the Palestinian economy through vocational training. This program is critical to the establishment of a vibrant private sector that serves as a foundation for peace and stability in the region.

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