Olympiads to Celebrate Haitian Skills

CMAH and vocational schools adopt the formula of skills competitions in the major industrialized countries at the MATCON Construction Fair, organized by AmCham Haiti, in order to enhance and promote the construction training programs in Haiti

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The first Olympiads Construction Skills Competition in Haiti will enable vocational centers to demonstrate their capabilities to industry leaders.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (JULY 6, 2015) – The Haitian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (CMAH) will launch, in collaboration with the National Institute of Professional Training (INFP), the vocational schools and the Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) a USAID funded project, the first Haitian Olympiads Construction Skills Competition at the MATCON construction fair, from the 10 to 12 July 2015 at SONAPI Industrial Park (Société Nationale des Parcs Industriels) in Port-au-Prince. Over 50 of the best students and apprentices representing more than ten vocational schools have registered and will challenge their knowledge in four separate competitions in masonry, electricity, plumbing and framework.

This premiere competition will take place at MATCON, an important trade fair for the construction sector, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce Haiti (AmCham) will bring together companies and technical schools in the industry to unveil to the world their innovative products, technologies and capabilities through training sessions and various Olympiads competitions. Competitors representing some of the best training centers, will be accompanied by coaches, experts and delegates as well as industry leader and government representatives. The Olympiads will bring together several students and technicians to compete in at least three skills competitions, linked to the following sector activities: masonry, electricity (including renewable and solar energy), plumbing and framework. Unique, this competition allows training centers to demonstrate the quality of their practices in the area of skilled trades and their ability to respond to market demands. It also allows young people in the country learning a skilled trade or technology to assess their knowledge of industry standards and to compete with peers in the hope of being designated the best in their discipline.

“Ensuring that you have the right people with the right skills is a key factor to the success of projects in the construction industry in Haiti,” said Patrice Gaetan, Workforce Development Expert at the LEVE Project. “New opportunities exist in the construction sector. Our companies will want not only skilled labor, but one that is professional and diligent as well. The Haitian Olympiads Construction Skills Competition, which will be held at the MATCON expo fair, represents an innovative way to get them into contact with young graduates and LEVE is proud to give its support to its local Haitian partners to promote the quality of our workforce. ”

“We are proud to partner with the LEVE Project and the MATCON committee at AmCham Haiti (American Chamber of Commerce) to launch the first Haitian Olympiads,” said Hans Garoute, President of CMAH. “This opportunity will allow us to promote skilled trades to young Haitians by indicating that these jobs offer them great opportunities. Together we can inspire more young people to choose a rewarding career in skilled trades. ”

The Haitian Olympiads Construction Skills Competition offers young people, student groups and the general public, seeking career information, an invitation to meet with employers and recruiters from local and international firms, as well as representatives of industry associations, trade unions, training institutions and government partners.

 

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About LEVE

The Local Enterprise and Value Chain Enhancement Project (LEVE) aim is to assist its Haitian partners to create economic growth through capacity building and job creation. LEVE is helping to facilitate more productive and inclusive value chains that will increase to broad-based economic growth, contributing to USAID’s objective of increasing food and economic security. LEVE is working with micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) in an effort to work with them to improve and enhance their capacity and competitiveness. LEVE will also work with technical and vocational schools to help them improve their course of study and job placement. This program’s implementation period is from December 2013 to December 2016 and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). For more information, visit us at www.haitileveproject.org or follow us on Twitter ww.twitter.com/PwojeLEVE, or on Facebook at http://goo.gl/hd22J8.