SPARK has implemented a Jobs and Perspectives project from August 2019 till December 2022. Jobs and Perspectives (J&P) Iraq is an innovative and sustainable programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The main aim of the programme is to improve the economic inclusion of vulnerable youth, especially women, by preparing them for the job market and employment through providing market-relevant education and job placements. Our approach is based on creating a pathway for the youth journey from education to decent employment or starting and growing their own businesses.
Programme Main Components
• Supporting structural reforms and innovations in the Iraqi Higher Education System to bridge the gap between education and labour market:
o Facilitating Bologna adaptation process in the Iraq Higher Education System with the approval and support of both Ministries of Higher Education (MOHESR of Federal Iraq and KR-I).
o Improvement/development of 6 curricula of the selected main courses to match labour market needs (including teaching materials which were specifically adapted to the international academic standards, gender needs, local context), establishment of 6 laboratories and ToTs for 30 Iraqi professors for the new course materials
o Enrolment of 2335 students to the improved main courses
o Introduction of e-learning tools as well as labour-market oriented curricula improvement tools www.spark.ngo
o Supporting gender units and Career Centres of the universities to develop their policies to advance gender equality and women’s advancement in Iraq universities as well as refugee/IDP inclusion.
• Ensuring market relevant internships/job placements to Increase employability of the students in the labour marker
o Development of 6 TVET courses to be delivered under the Career Centres as short courses
o Scholarship provision for 800 students for those TVET short courses
o Innovation Hub activities in the Career Centres where the three main stakeholders (universities, companies and students) can come together for information sharing, research and solutions.
o Remote and offline internship placements (168) including the introduction of the remote internship model to the Career Centres of the Iraqi universities to make their current and future students more competitive candidates for the future digital job market.
• SME support for 20 SMEs to respond to the Covid-19 crisis