Wednesday, 05 December 2012

UNIDO training empowers members of displaced groups in South Sudan

JUBA, 5 December 2012 – The Government of South Sudan’s Undersecretary of Labour and Industrial Relations, Hellen Achiro, today visited the St. Vincent de Paul Vocational Training Centre, an educational facility where the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) trains members of displaced groups in the skills necessary for them to integrate into the labour market.

“Vocational training is key for South Sudan’s development”, stated Achiro. After decades of civil war and conflicts with neighbouring populations, the newly independent country is striving to integrate its vulnerable youth into society, much of which has been internally displaced or taken part in combat.

The training provided at the St. Vincent de Paul centre is part of a project, implemented by UNIDO and funded by Japan, which aims to strengthen the capacities of four centres in and around Juba, the country’s capital and commercial hub. The centres offer training in skills such as carpentry, welding, plumbing, and car maintenance and repair.

The centres are providing more than 750 vulnerable youth with marketable skills which will enable them to find a job or start up an economic activity that will sustain them and their families. At the end of the programme, trainees receive either assistance with finding a job or start-up kits to help them establish their own micro- or small enterprises.

For more information on the vocational training in South Sudan, please contact:

Virpi Stucki
Industrial Development Officer, UNIDO Agribusiness Branch

For more information on UNIDO, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communications Coordinator
Tel. (43-1)-26026-5021
Mobile +43-699-1459-7329

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