American University of Beirut’s EMPACT Digital Skills Training

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American University of Beirut’s EMPACT Digital Skills Training (DST) program is a modular curriculum which spans 12 weeks and equips low-income youth with transferable digital skills, English, soft skills, and an entrepreneurial mindset. The curriculum covers basic to advanced digital skills, English language in face-to-face and online formats, and soft skills for career readiness, freelancing, and entrepreneurship.

Following graduation, dedicated staff connect program participants to opportunities for further education and training, internships, and employment.

Each training cycle includes 90 hours of Digital Skills and 54 hours of English with soft skills built into the curricula, and provided during additional workshops on “open lab” days. AUB Computer Science faculty members design and update the curriculum in line with new practices and labor market needs. New students start with the Basic Digital Skills, covering all aspects of computer literacy. Each center has a fully functional and internet-connected computer lab equipped with 80 computers each.

The EMPACT Digital Skills training has equipped Syrian refugees and Lebanese youth from marginalized communities with the capacities needed for the growing online economy and remote work while promoting social, educational, and economic inclusion.

Location: Lebanon, with a parallel program in Iraq supported by the United Nations World Food Program, and plans to expand the reach across the Middle East, North and East Africa.