A Coaching Training Programme for Lebanon has started this week in Beirut.

The programme is co-organised by the International Training Centre of the ILO, the ILO Beirut office, and the microfinance institution Al Majmoua in the framework of the project “Employment and Peacebuilding: Building Bridges amongst ‘Youth at Risk’ in Lebanon”, implemented by ILO, UNDP and UNICEF and which focuses on the enhancing engagement of ‘youth at risk’ hrough a range of livelihoods and social stability activities and, importantly, strengthening the linkages and complementarities between the two.

Lebanon’s stability has been severely affected by the impact of the Syrian crisis which has resulted in a 25-30 per cent increase in the population within Lebanon’s borders, placing significant strain on the country’s capacity. Nationwide, an estimated 34 per cent of Lebanese youth are unemployed, and competition for jobs is increasingly perceived as the primary driver of tensions between host and refugee communities.

Youth entrepreneurship can be a viable solution to the unemployment problem, while also fostering collaboration and increasing trust between the two communities. The availability of coaching and follow-up services plays a critical role in aiding entrepreneurs in dealing with the challenges they will inevitably face when starting a new business. This is especially true for fragile settings, where the provision of traditional business development services is limited.

The Coaching Training Programme for Lebanon will train business coaches, who will help young entrepreneurs in the Bekaa Governorate start new business and make it productive and sustainable. By the end of the course, participants will have acquired a set of skills and a certification of achievement that will allow them to offer coaching services to entrepreneurs.

The course is designed to provide a high degree of follow-up and support, with the intention that not only the targeted young entrepreneurs will be more successful in starting and growing their business, but also the coaches will have the opportunity to increase their own business activities by providing high quality and sought after services.

This training programme mixes both traditional in-class learning with online exercises and activities, and is composed of 3 modules: a first face-to-face training which is taking place in Beirut, from 3 to 6 September 2018, will introduce participants to the main tools and concepts around coaching, with an eye to the challenges of returnees and young people aspiring to start a business. Participants will have a chance to practice the core skills required to carry out a coaching session and manage the coaching process.

Coaching Training Programme for Lebanon

Secondly, a Distance learning module will be run online from September to November 2018. After the first Face-to-Face training, participants will have to find young entrepreneurs as their clients and provide a minimum number of hours of coaching. They will use the e-Campus online learning platform to share and discuss their experience with other participants, and receive advice from the trainers on how to develop their coaching practice. Throughout the distance learning phase, the participants will have to document and report on their journey as a coach and complete a set of assignments. They will discuss their progress with their trainers and be able to access a wide range of additional training materials.

The programme will end with a second face-to-face training, in Beirut, at the end of the distance learning phase.

After having completed their coaching “flying hours”, participants will meet again for the second Face-to-Face training. During the four days, they will develop the next level of coaching skills and validate their capacity to operate as business coaches. Only the participants who have completed the first Face-to-Face training and submitted all the assignments of the distance learning module will be invited to the second training, and will undergo an observed assessment to evaluate their coaching skills.

Stay tuned to follow the progress of our trainee coaches!