Bringing job prospects to low-income Lebanese youth through coding training
In Lebanon, youth from low-income backgrounds who study in public schools or low-tuition private/technical universities graduate without the appropriate skill set for successful employment. This is due to a combination of outdated curricula, unqualified instructors, and the Lebanese higher education system’s limited focus on navigating the job market. As a result, it becomes difficult for bright and ambitious students to find employment opportunities as they are often unable to compete due to lack of essential hard and soft skills, and no network or personal connections to employers. In parallel, Lebanon’s tech sector suffers from a significant shortage of qualified talent, slowing the growth of Lebanon’s emerging tech ecosystem.
The SE Factory programme is an intensive 3-month coding bootcamp and job creation initiative which aims to make youth from low-income backgrounds more employable by giving them the skills they need to land jobs in the tech sector. For those selected, SE Factory’s boot camp costs participants only $100, making it accessible to low-income applicants who would be otherwise excluded from alternative coding academies. Furthermore, 20% of SE Factory’s curriculum focuses on soft skills, helping to build the interpersonal capabilities that are crucial to professional employment.
In the pilot year, Alfanar’s investment will focus on helping SE Factory scale its model to reach more marginalised youth outside Beirut and to diversify their revenue streams to ensure financial sustainability. We will also be providing technical assistance on impact measurement and on their scaling strategy.