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HOMERe France and IECD join forces to facilitate the employability of young Lebanese

Written by Frédéric Dubessy on Thursday, September 22nd 2022 à 09:35 | Read 1258 times

HOMERe and the IECD will support the employability of young Lebanese graduates (from left to right) Emmanuel Becquart (IECD), Rami Adwan, Lebanese ambassador to France, and Bruno Boulnois (HOMERe) (photo: HOMERe)
HOMERe and the IECD will support the employability of young Lebanese graduates (from left to right) Emmanuel Becquart (IECD), Rami Adwan, Lebanese ambassador to France, and Bruno Boulnois (HOMERe) (photo: HOMERe)
LEBANON / FRANCE. The association HOMERe France and the European Institute for Cooperation and Development (IECD) signed a cooperation agreement on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at the Lebanese Embassy in Paris to support the employability of Lebanese youth. By signing this document, Bruno Boulnois, HOMERe's President, and Emmanuel Becquart, IECD's Director of Partnerships and Communication, affirmed their willingness to "support young Lebanese professionals who come to France to complete a professional internship as part of their training".

The two French structures will rely on the numerous partners of their two networks in the Mediterranean in the field of training, companies, authorities and administrations concerned, in France and in Lebanon. The agreement specifies that "the professional training courses will complement the acquisition of know-how and the learning of life skills".

HOMERe will organize and accompany the arrival of the interns in France. The IECD will be involved in their training as well as their preparation for expatriation (3 to 6 months in an international internship). It will also help these young Lebanese to finalize their studies and to start their profession. The NGO will offer professional internships - allowing them to synthesize and put into practice their three years of studies - to graduate technicians in three priority fields: Industrial Maintenance, Electrical Engineering and Computer Programming.

Ten beneficiaries to start

Over the period 2022/2023, about ten young people will be able to benefit from this agreement, which is "multi-year and has no deadline", according to its promoters. The idea is to quickly multiply this number. "The total human resources mobilized by HOMERe France and the IECD for these accompaniments, as well as the financial aid attributed to the trainees, according to their resources and the internship indemnities paid by the companies that receive them, can be estimated, very globally, at about 50,000 € per year", indicates Bruno Boulnois to

From September 22 to 24, 2022, he will travel to Beirut as part of the official visit of Renaud Muselier, President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region in Lebanon. The HOMERe president will meet the first trainee candidates pre-selected by the IECD.

Launched in March 2015, HOMERe brings the economic and training worlds closer together by accompanying young Mediterranean people on international and professionalizing internships in companies. The association aims to improve employability in the Mediterranean basin by finding internships in companies for university students. After having developed in Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt in particular (more than 500 trainees accompanied in the last ten years), the association, based in Marseille, signs its first agreement in Lebanon.

Created in 1988 in Strasbourg (executive headquarters in Paris) on the initiative of entrepreneurs and academics, IECD supports the human and economic development of the sixteen countries (Mediterranean Basin, Madagascar, Southeast Asia) in which it operates with a hundred local partners and 299 employees, 246 of whom are in the field. Its mission has been recognized as a public utility since 2010.


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