At a ceremony in Nablus, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and the Golden Elevator Company signed a memorandum of understanding to improve training and employment opportunities for Palestine refugee youth studying in the UNRWA Kalandia Training Centre (KTC).
Through this two-year partnership, the Golden Elevator Company will provide six-month training opportunities in elevator maintenance to 20 students of that field, and a further 20 with different specializations. The Company will expose KTC students to local market agents and define the skills needed to build the capacity of instructors, while also providing KTC with some equipment.
KTC began offering an elevator maintenance major in 2012, and remains the only West Bank institution offering such a specialization. Together, UNRWA and the Golden Elevator Company will review the training manual and curriculum, define graduation requirements and evaluate graduating students.
Speaking at the ceremony, Hussam Kirresh, General Director of the Golden Elevator Company, said he was proud to celebrate the launch of such a significant project. "This cooperation seeks to intensify both our efforts to create a well-trained and educated group of youth who have the practical and theoretical knwoledge to take on the demands of the Palestinian economy," Mr Kirresh said.
Felipe Sanchez, Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank, expressed the Agency's gratitude to the Company for its support and noted that UNRWA would continue to increase its engagement with Palestine refugee youth.
Mr Sanchez added: "Enhancing vocational training opportunities for youth was one of the ten commitments the Agency made during the youth conference in March 2012." UNRWA has launched a comprehensive vocational-education strategy, 'Towards a More Self-Reliant Youth', which includes building partnerships and relationships with all stakeholders, including private-sector partners like the Golden Elevator Company.