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Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (WISE) is an innovative approach to improving working conditions and productivity in small and medium-sized enterprises around the world. It is a process in which entrepreneurs and managers are empowered and supported to address working conditions issues through the identification, sharing and implementation of local and affordable good practices.

A workshop was conducted in Beirut from 29 to 31 October 2013 to pilot the WISE programme that was recently translated to Arabic and adapted to the needs of the Jordanian and Lebanese economies. It was attended by 27 participants who consisted of representatives from small and medium industrial enterprises across the different sectors in Lebanon, including the food and beverage, packaging, cosmetics, and industrial machinery sectors; as well as representatives from different units of the Ministry of Industry, the Industrial Research Institute and ELCIM.

 The workshop focused on introducing the technical modules of the WISE programme to the participants which include productive machine safety, control of hazardous substances, and lighting. Participants were also exposed to the managerial modules of the programme which include Managing and Motivating Workers, Create a Respectful Work Environment, Creating Family Friendly Measures and Managing Wages and Benefits. Since the goal of the workshop was to review and adapt the material based on feedback received from Jordanian and Lebanese SMEs, after each module was explained a discussion was held with participants to go over the required changes and adaptations.

At the end of the workshop, a wrap-up session was held, whereby the trainers reviewed the expectations with the participants and it was determined that 90% of the expectations were met during the workshop.

Published in Lebanon

Under the framework of the ILO project with the Business Development Center in Jordan which aims to integrate the KAB programme in secondary vocational schools and community colleges in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research represented by Al Balka’a Applied University, part 1 of the KAB TOF workshop was conducted over 6 days from 26 to 31 October 2013 at the Geneva Hotel in Amman. The workshop was facilitated by the KAB Regional Key Facilitators (RKFs), Mr. Wael Ghosn and Mr. Samih Jaber. 

The workshop was attended by 22 participants (18 men and 4 women) of which 20 from the following 7 faculties of AL Balqa Applied University are ready to start teaching KAB to the students immediately:

  • Faculty of Zarqa,
  • Faculty of Engineering Technology,
  • Faculty of Huson, Faculty of Princess Alia,
  • Faculty of Princess Rahma,
  • Irbid Faculty, and
  • Faculty of Ajloun.      

The participants showed a high level of engagement and commitment during the workshop and enthusiasm toward the KAB programme. After participants finish the delivery of the first 4 modules of the KAB in class another TOF is foreseen to train them on the second part of the package.

 

 

Published in Jordan

Under the framework of the ILO project with the Business Development Center in Jordan which aims to integrate the KAB programme in secondary vocational schools and community colleges in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research represented by Al Balka’a Applied University, part 1 of the KAB TOF workshop was conducted over 6 days from 5-10 October 2013 at the Bristol Hotel in Amman. The workshop was facilitated by the KAB Regional Key Facilitators (RKFs), Mr. Wael Ghosn and Mr. Samih Jaber and targeted teachers from vocational schools.

The workshop was attended by 25 participants (17 men and 8 women) from the MoE (Ministry of Education) from the following schools:

  • Sahab Technical School,
  • Ein Jalout Comprehensive Technical Secondary School for Girls,
  • Rural Development Center/Al Balqa’a – Deir Alla,
  • Al Nasr Technical School,
  • Ibn Al Nafees Industrial School/Sweileh,              
  • Qutaibah Ibn Muslem Technical School/ Al Hashemi Al Shamali,
  • Hala Bint Khuwailed Comprehensive Technical Secondary School for Girls/Jabal Altaj,
  • Al Bayader Comprehensive Technical Secondary School for Girls/ Al Jandaweel,
  • Al Nuzha Comprehensive Technical Secondary School for Girls,
  • Marj Al Hamam Technical Secondary School,
  • Wadi Al Sair Technical Secondary School,
  • Al Shareef Abdel Hameed Sharaf Technical Secondary School, and
  • Al Dhulail Central School.

Next steps:

  • The 25 teachers who attended the workshop will start piloting KAB in classrooms during the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • The nominated 2-3 KAB supervisors from the MoE will follow up on the pilot implementation of the KAB programme and oversee the teachers’ performance by conducting a minimum of 2 class visits per teacher for quality assurance and to assess teachers as part of their certification.
  • After participants finish the delivery of the first 4 modules of the KAB in class another TOF is foreseen to train them on the second part of the package.

 

              

Published in Jordan

Under the framework of the ILO KAB project with the Development and Employment Fund and the Vocational Training Corporation, a follow-up workshop was conducted for 3 days during the period 20-22 October 2013 at Abu Nuseir Vocational Training Institute located near Amman. The workshop was facilitated by the KAB RKFs, Mr. Wael Ghosn and Mr. Samih Jaber and aimed to go over the challenges and lessons learned from the implementation of KAB during the 2012-2013 academic year.

The workshop was attended by 28 participants who discussed ways for improving the teaching of the programme and agreed upon several actions to be implemented by teachers and supervisors during the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Provide a suitable venue for KAB sessions, the required stationery and administrative support by VTC and the selected Institutes’ management.
  • Prepare and submit a KAB teaching plan by each Institute including the number of teaching hours per week to complete the programme not exceeding (10) hours per week and (4) hours per day.
  • Conduct monitoring and follow-up visits by supervisors who would attend 2-3 sessions per teacher as part of the certification process.
  • Provide certificates to the trainees who completed the KAB programme
  • Conduct awareness activities on the KAB programme by facilitators and supervisors and promote it to the staff and trainees of the institutes to increase enrollment.
  • Improve the knowledge and skills of KAB teachers in specific package topics especially the accounting topics.
  • Include in each KAB class students from the same specialization. The class would preferably be taught by the KAB facilitator that teaches this specialization.

The workshop evaluation by the participants showed a high satisfaction with the implementation of the workshop and the RKFs performance. This high grade is a result of good and thorough selection of participants, adequate preparations for the workshop, good piloting of the KAB programme and good training and facilitation skills of the workshop facilitators.

 

Published in Jordan

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A new ILO knowledge sharing platform on Skills for Employment  / Nouvelle plateforme sur les Compétences au service de l'emploi / Plataforma de Competencias para el empleo

The new platform in English:

http://www.skillsforemployment.org/KSP/en/index.htm

Nouvelle plateforme en français:

http://www.skillsforemployment.org/KSP/fr/index.htm

Plataforma en Espanol:

http://www.skillsforemployment.org/KSP/es/index.htm

 

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ILO training packages and supports for various target groups and we hold a vast toolkit for entrepreneurship education, women's entrepreneurship development and management training tools is recognized by the UN:

The United Nations recently took a step in promoting entrepreneurship as a centerpiece of economic growth and stability around the world. Following through on a mandate from its Entrepreneurship for Development resolution, the UN General Assembly convened a diverse group of experts to examine how to create environments that help entrepreneurs launch and grow startups that eradicate poverty, generate wealth and improve lives.

The objectives outlined in the UN resolution align closely with those of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship that will be held this Nov. 18-24 for the sixth consecutive year. GEW is an initiative founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2008 that connects people to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.

Thom Ruhe, vice president for entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation, was one of the experts who addressed the Assembly.

“Like the UN, GEW’s goal is to foster entrepreneurship worldwide as a tool for development,” Ruhe said. “It is an honor to bring Kauffman’s research and expertise in entrepreneurship education to the Assembly’s discussion. Education is, indeed, the first step toward empowering the citizens of the world through entrepreneurship.”

The resolution encourages all UN-related bodies to “recognize and integrate entrepreneurship in its various forms into their policies, programmes and reports, and to support national efforts in this regard.” The United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and theInternational Labour Organization (ILO) have embraced the charge by getting actively involved in GEW and organizing events to examine public policies important to growth.

The UN and ILO are just two of 9,000 partner organizations worldwide that hold events, activities and competitions during GEW each November to expand and strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Entrepreneur-driven communities like Startup Weekend, Endeavor and Entrepreneurs’ Organization plan and host activities to help startups launch and grow. Universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge hold events to educate students while strengthening connections with the private sector that help them commercialize research from their labs. Youth-focused groups like Youth Business International and Junior Achievement take a lead role in organizing national campaigns in more than 20 countries. Major corporate brands, like Dell, sponsor the global initiative or get involved at the national or local level like Virgin, IBM, Ernst & Young and others.

National campaigns in 135 countries will attract roughly 10 million participants this November.

Learn more HERE


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Following the successful implementation of the KAB programme in Yemen and at the request of the Minister of Higher Education to include entrepreneurship topics in university curricula, ILO developed a new entrepreneurship programme, “Mubadara”, which is an advanced curriculum targeting senior students in public and private universities.

The aim under the current ILO Youth Employment Project YEM/12/50/NOR in Yemen is to pilot the programme in 7 public and private universities in Yemen and reach out to more than 1000 students during the fall semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

The “Mubadara” implementation modality is composed of three main components:

  • Integrating the curriculum in the selected public and private universities and building the capacity of their faculty members to teach it using an experiential methodology.
  • Ensuring quality execution and close monitoring of business plan formulation with the assistance of trained private sector coaches.
  • Implementing a national business plan competition which would allow students to apply their learning and increase private sector involvement in supporting entrepreneurship in Yemen.

The launching event of the “Mubadara” programme was held on Thursday July 4th, 2013 at the Bustan Hotel in Sana’a. There were more than 50 attendees from the 7-8 participating universities including, Mr. Mohammed Mottahar, Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Ali Kassem, MoHE Secretary General,  partner banks, representatives of the  young businessmen committee of the FCCI and the press. Following the formal opening made by Mr. Kassem (MoHE), Mr. Qaid (SMEPS), Mr. Kalai and Ms. Bikhazi (ILO), all 7 universities and 2 partner banks reviewed the MOU to be signed with SMEPS for the implementation of the “Mubadara” programme and signed it.

There was a general positive atmosphere and all project partners expressed willingness and readiness to take part in the “Mubadara” pilot.

The upcoming Mubadara TOT is scheduled to take place in September 2013 after which teachers will start piloting it in their respective universities.

 

Published in Yemen

Under the framework of the ILO project with the Business Development Center in Jordan which aims to integrate the KAB programme in secondary vocational schools and community colleges in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research represented by Al Balka’a Applied University, a series of interviews were conducted by an ILO consultant, the KAB Coordinator and the Director of Entrepreneurship & MSME Support at the Business Development Center (BDC). The interviews targeted 65 teachers from 14 vocational education schools.

Based on ILO’s vast experience in implementing the KAB programme in the Arab Region, suggestions and comments from participants, teachers/trainers and other KAB programme stakeholders and beneficiaries have helped enhance ILO’s project implementation strategies through a series of lessons learned. A main issue faced was the low number of teachers/trainers certified as KAB National Facilitators relative to the total number who attended the KAB Training of Facilitators’ Workshop and participated in the KAB Pilot. In some cases, only 50% of teachers/trainers who participated in the KAB Pilot were certified. Most uncertified teachers/trainers faced severe time constraints, financial constraints, transportation problems, lack of basic calculation skills or were simply disinterested in the KAB programme.

Consequently, ILO started involving all project stakeholders, including teachers/trainers, at the onset of the project to increase their sense of ownership for the programme, introduce them to the programme’s benefits and requirements, and highlight its impact on the entrepreneurial attitudes of both students and teachers/trainers.

One of the newly adopted strategies involves conducting a series of informal interviews with all KAB direct beneficiaries namely, KAB Coordinators, KAB Supervisors and KAB Teachers/Trainers. The purpose of the interviews is to assess the coordinators’, teachers’/trainers’ and supervisors’ readiness and ability to participate in the KAB pilot and ensure they fit the ILO/KAB teacher/trainer criteria. During the interviews, the interviewer re-iterates the objectives of the KAB programme and the requirements for its successful implementation to make sure that all involved parties are aware of what is required from them and are interested in piloting the programme in their institutions.

Main findings:

  • Of the 65 teachers selected by the Ministry of Education, a total of 58 were interviewed
  • Conducting the teacher interviews after school directors attend the KAB Awareness workshop and involving them in the initial selection of teachers would make the teacher selection process more efficient
  • A total of 26 teachers were selected to take part in the KAB pilot, of which 9 are women
  • 13 out of the 14 vocational secondary schools will be included in the first year of the KAB pilot.

Follow-up actions:

  • Inform the selected teachers about the KAB TOF dates and provide then with a copy of the package to prepare themselves for the training
  • Set-up the interviews with teachers from community colleges
Published in Jordan

Under the framework of the ILO/KAB project in the Palestine (funded by Kuwait and the Welfare Association) and the nationalization process of the KAB programme currently underway in the Ministries of Labour, Education and Higher Education, a KAB Refresher National Key Facilitator workshop was conducted from 13-18 April 2013 at the Ankars Hotel in Ramallah. It was mainly facilitated by Mr. Samih Jaber, KAB Regional Key Facilitator, with the help of the ILO Enterprise Development Specialist.

The first day was allocated for the revision of the KAB teaching methods, techniques and games; the introduction of the KAB 2013 version; and the presentation of the new Key Facilitator Guide.

During the workshop, KAB NKFs presented their KAB teaching experiences. They highlighted successes, difficulties, challenges faced and how they dealt with them. A discussion was initiated after each presentation to exchange lessons learned and share good practices. Participants delivered micro-teaching sessions on several KAB topics.

One session was dedicated for participants from each Ministry to prepare and discuss among themselves their KAB dissemination action plan. Once completed, the plans were presented to all participants by the KAB coordinators of each ministry.

Another session was dedicated to present and explain the KAB M&E tools and methodology focusing on the pre and post questionnaires and the KAB impact report. Additionally, one session was allocated to review the KAB KF guide and the roles of the NKFs in organizing KAB TOFs.

At the end of the workshop, participants were provided with hard and electronic copies of the latest KAB 2013 version. Workshop certificates of attendance were distributed in the presence of Mr. Mahmud Njoum, Director General of Vocational Training at MoL, Mr. Ziad Jweilis, Director General Vocational and Technical Education at the MoHE, Mr. Osama Eshtayeh, Acting Director General for Vocational Education and Mr. Mounir Kleibo (ILO Jerusalem).

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