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Launch of the first entrepreurship programme in Casablanca

Wednesday 23 October 2019

This project aims at training and reintegrating vulnerable youth in Morocco and is a joint effort between FAAI and local organisations, “l’Heure Joyeuse” and “Al Karam”. This project is pertinent since unemployment rates for under 25s has now reached 26.5% in Morocco.

Following analysis of the context and needs of the local population, and visits to Apprentis d’Auteuil’s other reinsertion projects to learn about possible teaching programmes to accompany entrepreneurs, the project hopes to reintegrate professionally 2910 young people aged 15 to 30 who are struggling to find work.

These young people, of which at least 35% are women, will be accompanied over a three-year period (2018-2020) and will benefit from educational and professional support. This programme was made possible thanks to our collaboration with more than thirty companies and artisans who will take in trainees in Casablanca, Marrakech and Safi.

In December, l’Heure Joyeuse in Casablanca will kick off with its first group of young people joining their first entrepreneurship programme with a course in business creation.

Upon launch of their business, they will have support in managing their business and how to deal with unexpected challenges for a 6-month period.

The project also offers help to the “Cellules d’Orientation et d’Insertion Professionnelles” (professional training centres) set up in these 3 cities. In 2018, 1057 young people benefitted from career’s advice at these centres.

After a first workshop in March, a second one took place in November 2019. Following the workshop, a guide for professional training centre’s will be developed to help promote training in entrepreneurship in Morocco. The second workshop was attended by the REEJER team (from the Democratic Republic of Congo), who plan to share experience with l’Heure Joyeuse on their work with young people wishing to launch their own business.

Both of those organisations will take part in a knowledge exchange community on the subject of children in a street situation, in Marrakech in April 2020 on the topic of professional reinsertion for vulnerable populations.

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