CSP Equips Partner TVET with Equipment to Enhance Quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training
In March 2023 under its workforce development component (WFD), USAID’s Community Support Program (CSP) equipped the Michel Jabbour Technical Institute, one of its 13 partner TVETs, with needed educational material to enhance the learning environment. This included desktop computers, laptops, photocopiers/scanners, LCD projectors, ventilators, air compressors, and a four-ton car lift. By the end of April 2023, CSP completed the installation of the car lift at Michel Jabbour’s car mechanics workshop following excavation and concrete works completed by the TVET. The lift will allow students to put into practice their acquired skills, enabling them to reach different parts and components underneath cars. Prior to installing the lift, the Michel Jabbour TVET was renting a mobile car mechanics workshop to train students throughout the academic year. This in-kind assistance will therefore reduce the TVET’s annual costs, allow it to train students on the latest equipment, enhance student interest in its Baccalaureat Technique (BT) program in car mechanics, and allow it to run new vocational training courses in car mechanics. This is part of the WFD’s efforts to improve the employability skills and increase job opportunities for Lebanese students from underserved communities. To this end, the WFD has improved the curricula of its private TVET partners, provided them with needed equipment and technical assistance, and facilitated linkages to the job market. Additionally, it provided scholarships and internships to individuals seeking a technical and vocational education in sectors with growth potential in Lebanon.
“USAID has been more than generous with us amidst this economic crisis, whether by supporting our students or supporting us as an institute. We are now capable of launching new vocational training courses, especially in car mechanics, and are hoping to attract more students next year”, stated Michel Jabbour, owner and director of the Michel Jabbour TVET.