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EU Project’s Closure Workshop Held in Beirut

The Managing Team of the EU funded project ‘Daedalus’ organized in Lebanon its final workshop entitled “Fostering Careers through Meaningful Work.”
The two day conference gathered a group of the project’s partners as well as other stakeholders of different types and backgrounds.

The first day of the workshop was hosted by the Notre Dame University (NDU) - Shouf Campus in Deir El Qamar, and was intended to highlight to the students the existing opportunities in the Lebanese job market.

The second day was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Harma – Beirut and aimed at exploring the available channels in order to ensure not only the viability of Daedalus portal but also its sustainability in collaboration with the various Lebanese stakeholders.

At NDU, LDN’s Secretary General Samer Aoun delivered the opening remarks followed by a welcome note by Dr. Talie Kassamany. Afterwards, Prof. Christos Douligeris of the University of Piraeus - Greece opened the meeting with a presentation on Daedalus (Introduction, team, budget and work packages). He highlighted the importance of the sustainability plan at this stage and the necessity to register on the portal for seeking opportunities.

In turn, Placement Officer at the NDU Main Campus Layal Nehme Matar addressed the participating students by encouraging them to apply for job opportunities through the designated office while the rate in ensuring job is very high.  She also presented different statistics showing that the engineering field is the most attractive one for the job seekers while different technical jobs are needed with very few candidates. “The unemployment rate has lately increased from 10 to 25%” she said.

During the second day, the opening remarks were delivered by LDN’s President and Daedalus National Project Director Amin Nehme.
In his intervention, former General Director of the Ministry of Labour (MoL) Joseph Naous stated that "Employment" is the main function of the Ministry as well as the different legislation and laws related to the foreigner workers. He mentioned that there is a Tripartite Committee for Sustainable Dialogue between employers, employees and government, where the Centre of Administration of Statistics (CAS) provides the MoL with the needed data.

He stressed the importance of The National Employment Office (NEO) which establishes the link between the job seekers and the existing opportunities, and works against unemployment, by drafting labor policies, conducting researches and so on.

Naous highlited as well the significance of the Capacity Building training on "Career Development" through writing CV and preparing for successful job interview.

Founder & CEO of EDUCITY Farhat FARHAT made a short overview of the activities carried out by the organization.

He focused on the main activities realized by EDUCITY such as the “Lebanon Educational Forum” in 2014, which hosted in 2 days around 40 speakers and more than 300 attendees, the “Lebanon Career Expo”, targeting university students, and the “Technical Expo” targeting the TVET students and fostering links with entrepreneurs.

EDUCITY was founded in 2014 after a Euro Med project focusing on assisting youth and entrepreneurs in drawing their future paths.

In his speech, Prof. Christos Douligeris mentioned that “the project has been implemented by one of the best consortium in terms of focus and commitment.” Dr. Douligeris provided a brief description of the project’s partners (9 partners from 7 countries), the program and the different Work Plans, how the portal is designed and how it is disseminated in the pilot sites.

At the end, Assistant Project Director and MPC Pilot Manager Rouba Fares took over with a brief Introduction about the project, the portal and its objectives.

At the end, Assistant Project Director and MPC Pilot Manager Rouba Fares took over with a brief introduction about the project, the portal and its objectives.

She presented the major stages of the plan over the past two years as well as the main activities implemented by LDN in Lebanon.

She concluded with an interactive exercise where participants explored together the various means for future collaboration in order to enhance the sustainability process and the replication possibilities on different levels.

‘DAEDALUS’ project addresses the needs of young residents seeking employment in the labor markets of the Mediterranean Sea Basin. It contributes in enhancing their career and business opportunities by matching the qualifications and skills they have with the existing needs in the neighboring countries.

The two year project is led by the Greek IT Company Uni-Systems in partnership with LDN (Lebanon), COSPE (Italy), UPRC (Greece), EMRBI (Cyprus), CCAB (Tunis), Juhoud (Palestine), UCAS (Palestine) and the Municipality of Siena (Italy).

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