The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Toyota Iraq signed a flagship agreement today in Erbil to train and place hundreds of displaced people in jobs.
This new partnership brings together one of the world’s leading car companies, Toyota, and UNDP, which is actively working to improve conditions for the more than 3.4 million Iraqis who have been displaced by the conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The Toyota Iraq team will provide vocational training in vehicle mechanics and maintenance to hundreds of displaced trainees. After the trainees graduate, UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) will facilitate job placement in local companies and businesses.
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said:
“Millions of Iraqis have lost their homes, businesses and jobs. Providing top class training and placing trainees in jobs is one of the best ways to help. Doing this with a leading private sector company is truly pioneering.”
Toyota Iraq’s President, Mr. Sardar H. Hasan, said:
“Our wish is that all trainees will soon be able to return back to their home, and by utilizing the learnt skills, they will be able to support rebuilding local business environment. We are starting the training with automotive technical course, but we foresee in the future to add more course contents, and provide more opportunities for the trainees.”
UNDP’s ICRRP provides fast-track support to vulnerable families in newly liberated cities and villages where social tensions threaten community cohesion. ICRRP is currently active in eleven newly liberated communities in Diyala, Salah al Din and Ninewah Governorates and is expected to expand to nearly 30 locations in the months ahead.
ICRRP is designed as a resilience and recovery programme to help families withstand the multi-dimensional shocks associated with post-liberation and large-scale returns.