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NDU:Starts Training for Leadership in Careers in goldsmithing and jewellery sector

NDU:Starts Training for Leadership in Careers in goldsmithing and jewellery sector

Author: SuperUser Account/Wednesday, October 28, 2015/Categories: News

In an effort to support and enhance the productive and successful sectors of goldsmithing and jewellery sector, Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) embarked on intense training sessions to stimulate and preserve the entrepreneurship and innovation that characterizes Lebanon.

Project Coordinator, Dr. Pierre Gedeon welcomed everyone in attendance and particularly stressed the importance of the PRIME Project, funded by various partners as well as the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument Cross-Border Cooperation Mediterranean Sea Basin Program (ENPI CBCMED). The project aims at supporting intergenerational learning, building bridges between the generation gap active in the industry, and promoting the importance of developing competencies, which not only depend on theoretical knowledge but also skills, work ethics, and attitude.

During the NDU-organized workshop, Dr. Gedeon focused on the importance of Open Software and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), saying, “If the theoretical aspect of learning leadership is accessible and free of charge over the web, then the difficulty lies in its application, and this will only be facilitated by the senior’s task of keeping up with teaching skills for young people, to learn them.” In addition, Dr. Gedeon shed the light on the communication means between NDU and partners in the project through website/internet, mobile application or any other media i.e.: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and E-newsletter.

Ms. Krystel Khalil, Program and Communication Manager at Berytech, also participated in the workshop. Ms. Khalil stressed on the importance of creating opportunities for new entrepreneurs in Lebanon, and focused on twenty points that contribute to the development or failure of entrepreneurial companies, and the pioneering work path: to overcome obstacles and solutions.

During the interventions, leading goldsmiths focused on the importance of this profession and the fierce competition that prevails, and the lack of focused attention of the new generation to master this profession.

They expressed their willingness to work with NDU to train young people to become proficient professionals. In addition, some young people expressed the beauty of the profession and the importance of innovation and creativity to compete with the Chinese and Turkish markets as well as other competitive markets.

NDU has, thus, began on the path through workshops to study the labor market, marketing, and work efficiency as well as providing intergenerational guidance, which will include study visit programs to help new entrepreneurs set up their own businesses.

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The general aim of the project is to promote innovation in intergenerational learning, identifying, developing and disseminating effective models for the learning development and the professionalization of the younger generations and the generational shift of goldsmith, silversmith and gemology enterprises.

To this purpose the Prime project will provide 50 sub-grants to young people for study visits. The study visit is a short stay of three/five days in a host country for a group of young new or aspiring entrepreneurs engaged in the mentoring programme and project staff. The study visit includes presentations and on-site visits to businesses and business associations, educational and training institutions, training sites, exchange and sharing of experiences among the young new or aspiring entrepreneurs, exchange and learning on themes of common interest.

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PRIME | Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries




The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French (www.enpicbcmed.eu). 

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