Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Employment Opportunities for Youth in Iraq

USAID has recently initiated the Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program, which is a new initiative specifically targeting young Iraqis living in impoverished areas to exposure in essential business skills and entrepreneurial opportunities.

The program incorporates education, $4.5 million in microfinance loans for start up businesses, apprenticeship opportunities, and other financial services. The program is projected to create over 2.500 new full-time jobs, and benefit 5,000 Iraqis ages 18-35.

The Youth Employment Program will recruit 1,600 individuals, of which 1,000 will be placed into apprenticeships while 500 receive permanent jobs. Those remaining will be trained for opportunities outside the program.

-Michelle Leung

Source: USAID