The Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training (LOST) held a graduation ceremony for the first stage of the BINA project, which aims to train hundreds of young Lebanese and Syrians in five specialties: health care, hospitality management, warehouse and logistics management, and health and electricity installations. This project is implemented in cooperation with the training and development centers of the Bavarian Employer’s Association (BFZ), and the Bavarian State Government of Germany.
This project aims to train 500 Lebanese and Syrian young men and women in five specialties, during three stages. At each stage, about 150 male and female students are trained for three months. The training is intensive, so that young individuals can start a private business, or engage in the labor market as soon as they graduate.
Dr. Ramy Lakkis, founder of the Lebanese Organization for Studies and Training (LOST) stressed the importance of the courses in the Baalbeck-Hermel region. “The first goal achieved today is that the graduate students have acquired a profession, an adequate standard of living for them and their families, and the second objective is to provide the community with specialized human resources”, stated Dr. Lakkis. Furthermore, Dr. Lakkis urged students to start their own projects and expressed “the readiness of the organization to stand by them and assist them, by all available means”. Students should continue to train to develop their skills and abilities, as this will improve their chances of getting a better job opportunity.
BFZ representative, Mr. Martin Wahl expressed his joy of being in Baalbeck, and thanked LOST for its efforts and success in implementing the joint projects. He stated, “we are confident in LOST’s ability to implement projects and achieve the desired goals, in an effort to continue training because of its role in the development process”. Mr. Wahl hopes that Lebanon will benefit from the potential of youth to improve its development process. To conclude the ceremony, certificates were distributed to the graduates, along with a kit to encourage them to engage in the labor market immediately.