The British Council in Morocco Supports the Employment of Young People

“Make It Happen”, an event aimed at promoting the employment of young people in the automotive sector in Morocco, was organized, Friday in Casablanca, by the British Council on the occasion of the closure of the “Taqaddam” project.

The event, organized in partnership with the Department of Vocational Training at the Institute of Training for Professions in the Automotive Industry (Ifmia), is an opportunity for students to put into practice the life skills explored during courses and workshops, as well as to demonstrate their newly acquired skills by participating in an exciting inter-school competition.

According to the organizers, “Taqaddam”, designed by HSBC and the British Council, focuses not only on academic work, but also on developing the qualities such as teamwork, emotional intelligence and leadership that are necessary for young people’s future.

The head of the Taqaddam program in Morocco, Ali Mouzouni, said the project aims to address the challenges of the 21st century by developing the right skills for young people.

All the activities of this project are designed to enable young people to acquire life skills, as well as to communicate and demonstrate these skills to others, including future employers, he explained, adding that in their final task, students will demonstrate their learning by presenting a solution to a global or social challenge that affects their community.

With more than 40 projects submitted, the students unveiled their exciting ideas and innovations to help make the world a better place, said Ali Mouzouni, noting that the closing day is marked by the presentation of six projects before a jury.

For his part, the representative of the Vocational Training Department, Hicham Kalali, said that the “Make it Happen” is part of the profound restructuring that the vocational training sector is undergoing to upgrade and promote its system.

He added that this event is likely to enable young Ifmia laureates and trainees to strengthen their chances in the search for quality jobs and to fully integrate into their future lives.

Qualifying this program of great importance, Hicham Kalali pointed out that the joy and optimism that characterizes this project proves the sincere involvement of all the stakeholders in this project.

During this program, two workshops covered a range of important life skills areas, namely critical thinking, effective communication, organized planning and how to take initiative.

In the five years since the launch of “Taqaddam”, which in Arabic means “moving forward”, in the Mena region, 5,400 students and 370 teachers from 250 schools in ten Mena countries have participated.

In Morocco, more than 50 teachers and trainers and 700 students from Ifmia in Casablanca have benefited from this program, which is designed to fit into the existing curriculum.

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