There are not many opportunities for youth in Azerbaijan. It is difficult for young people to find jobs or start their own businesses right after they finish education at universities. The majority of leadership positions in economic spheres are dominated by the older generation. Potential employers require prior job experience and certain level of business skills. To improve student business and professional skills and expose them to professional role models that can provide them with career and development guidance, USAID is partnering with British Petroleum (BP) and American Chamber of Commerce. All project participants maintain a strategy that focuses heavily on the professional development of youth.
The Youth Business Leadership project provides internships at high profile companies to third and fourth year university students, conducts professional development workshops; and provides internship and mentorship opportunities with successful businessmen and businesswomen. This partnership incorporates the respective contributions of the participants. BP provides funding support equal to USAID’s share, gives general recommendations and provides oversight to the Project’s progress particularly in the process of selecting interns and internship positions and matching interns with mentors, and ensuring that the project meets its objectives. The American Chamber of Commerce provides support in identifying internship opportunities and mentors and in placing three months long internships at high profile companies. The implementer of the project, Junior Achievement Azerbaijan (JAA), has already provided workshops and internships to 75 students from four universities in Baku out of life of the project target of 120 students.
The total value of the project is $200,000 of which $100,000 shall be paid by BP and its co-ventures, and the remaining $100,000 by USAID.
|Location||Azerbaijan, Eastern Europe|
|Value||USD 200 Thousand|