Advancing work-based learning experiences for young people in the Arab region is the focus of anUnited Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) project, led by Griffith University Professor of Education Stephen Billett.

Professor Billett led a multinational and multiagency workshop to discuss a series of country studies and other resources as part of a draft project report, in Beirut last month.

“It was a great learning experience to be in Beirut, and engage directly with representatives from countries who are concerned with vocational education and committed to the development of young people in their countries,” he said.

More than 30 government and industry delegates from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine and Tunisia attended the workshop.

The workshop involved representatives from the International Labour Organisation, UNESCO, and European Training Foundation.

Professor Billett is now incorporating comments and contributions from the workshop into the final report.

“Contributions provided at the workshop are being developed into practical guidelines for organising and enacting the provision of workplace learning experiences for young people in these countries,” he said.

“These will then be translated into both French and Arabic, for distribution across these and other regions.”