(IraqiNews.com) ERBIL – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Iraq signed an agreement with Toyota in Erbil on Sunday to train hundreds of internally displaced persons (IDPs) on vehicle maintenance, in addition to secure job opportunities for them. After the trainees’ graduate, UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Program (ICRRP) will facilitate job placement in local companies and businesses.
UNPD in a press statement said, “This new partnership brings together one of the world’s leading car companies, Toyota and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which is actively working to improve conditions of over 3 million and 400 thousand Iraqis who have been displaced by Islamic State of Iraq and the Syria (ISIS).”
The statement further added, “UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Program (ICRRP) is providing fast-track support to the vulnerable families in the newly liberated cities and villages where social tensions threaten community cohesion,” adding, “ICRRP is currently active in eleven newly liberated communities in Diyala, Salahuddin and Ninevah Provinces and is expected to expand to nearly 30 locations in the months ahead.”
“ICRRP is designed as a resilience and recovery program to help families withstand the multi-dimensional shocks associated with post-liberation and large-scale returns,” the statement continued.
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, said, “Millions of Iraqis have lost their homes, businesses and jobs, hence providing top class training and placing trainees in jobs is one of the best ways to help. Doing this with a leading private sector company is truly pioneering.”
From his side, Toyota Iraq’s President, Sardar H Hasan, said, “Our wish is that all trainees will soon be able to return to their home and by utilizing the learned skills they will be able to support rebuilding local business environment.”
“We are starting the training with automotive technical course, but we foresee in the future to add more course contents and provide more opportunities for the trainees,” Hassan added.