Workforce Development Program
Afghanistan is plagued by a gap between the number of Afghans who possess mid-level technical and business management skills and the market demand for these skills. To fill this void, companies typically import labor from neighboring Iran or Pakistan, taking jobs away from Afghans and driving up unemployment, which is as high as 40 percent.
The Afghanistan Workforce Development Program is increasing job placements and wages by improving access to quality technical and business training, as well as job placement support services.
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program introduces a market-driven job training model. Instead of the traditional model in which training centers offer classes based on what they think the market seeks, this program invites employers to customize trainings based on their actual needs.
The result is a system that provides unemployed people, as well as mid-level employees, with the training that aligns with both individual and company demands.
Private sector training centers participating in the Afghanistan Workforce Development follow a four-stage process: assessing the needs of employers; creating relevant curricula; conducting training for qualified applicants; and finally providing employment services to ensure graduates find jobs or improve their employment status.
Since its inception, more than 32,000 Afghans have been trained through these private sector centers, and more than 21,000 of the graduates have found work, received promotions and/or increased their wages. The program has exceeded its goal of 25 percent female participation – reaching more than 11,000 women with training.
To read more about past projects in Afghanistan, please click here.
Decades of war have created unique challenges for Afghanistan, which means innovative solutions are required in order for stability to take hold. Creative is successfully running initiatives that are building the capacity of Afghans to manage small and large organizations, as well as bringing their skills up to international standards. A change is happening.
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