Many companies from different sectors, ranging from tourism over
fashion design to carpentry have difficulties finding skilled employees. Youngsters
with technical skills are in high demand in the whole country, but sometimes it
is difficult for them to get into contact with the right companies. Earlier
this year a very successful career day for graduates from the technical and
vocational education and training (TVET) sector was organised by the Belgian Development
Agency (BTC) in Gaza. BTC was very pleased to support the organisation of the
first career day for TVET graduates in the West Bank, which took place in the VTC
in Halhul, near the city of Hebron on the 3rd of May 2016. This
career day was jointly organised by eight different schools, technical colleges
and vocational training centres.
The job fair had two main objectives:
The job fair has become a big success, as around 30 companies were
registered, and many more students from different schools in the region were
looking for a job. The career day was supported by BTC in close cooperation
with the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education,
who are jointly responsible for the TVET sector in the Palestinian Territory.
- to show graduates the job opportunities in the
Hebron governorate and bring them into contact with local companies
- to offer companies the opportunity to promote their business and
advertise their job vacancies.
It is still too early to know how many students have
effectively found a job thanks to the career day. At the very least the
students have had the opportunity to meet a wide range of companies looking for
skilled workers like them. Furthermore, the job fair has set a good example for
the whole region by bringing the private sector and TVET institutions together
in order to narrow the gap between the world of training and the world of work.