The Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Enterprises (CONECT) and the Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation Development (SwissContact) signed on Monday an agreement for the extension and renewal of the Swiss support to the project »Practice Firms” (EE ) launched by CONECT in Tunisia since 2014.
Inspired by the Swiss experience, “EE” is presented as a new training concept, whereby virtual enterprises enable trainees, among graduates of higher education, to live the reality of businesses with the requirements of their environment, objectives, constraints, challenges …
This is a global network of more than 7800 EE in 42 countries making virtual exchanges.
The objective is to ensure adequate training in real conditions to young graduates, so as to facilitate their effective hiring.
“The two EE created by CONECT (Elan by CONECT and Pro Evolution Skills by CONECT) have managed during the last three years (since 2014) to train 149 people of whom 139 were recruited”, said the President of CONECT Tarek Cherif, adding that the goal is to train 100 graduates per year.
According to Cherif, this kind of training is able to overcome the mismatch between offer
and demand of employment, plaguing Tunisia for over 5 decades.
For his part, Yves Matthijs, national director of SwissContact, stressed the importance of such training, especially for the young unemployed who find it difficult to fit into the professional life.
He announced that EE project will be soon extended to other governorates, including Bizerte, Nabeul and Zaghouan.
As part of this project, Switzerland provides annual financial support of about 350,000 dinars to CONECT.