A Support Program for Professional Training and Integration (PAFIP) designed to promote youth employability was officially launched at a seminar held Tuesday in Hammamet.
The program carried out under a Tunisian-French partnership, extends over a period of five years (2016-2021). It mobilizes total funds of 60 million dinars.
In a statement to TAP, Minister of Vocational Training and Employment Zied Laadhari said this program is the first step in the reform of the national vocational training mechanism.
It will certainly help boost employability and professional integration of youth and build the capacity of stakeholders at central and local levels, he added.
Laadhari also said the current program, which rests on a participatory approach involving all parties concerned, will initially help develop 17 vocational training centers across the country.
France’s ambassador in Tunis, François Gouyette told TAP the program is partly funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) which provides support through a loan of EUR 24 million and a donation of EUR 700 thousand.
Head of Co-operation at the EU Delegation in Tunis said the European Union has donated EUR 3 million to this program, affirming that this support is part of the program “Irada.”
The seminar was attended by several representatives of the Ministry of Vocational Training and Employment, the embassy of France, the European Union, the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) and the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA).