Back in Iraq, we visited the "German Centre for Jobs, Migration and Reintegration", GMAC for short, in Erbil. There we were helped to make new plans for the future. I learned two things from the training: my craft and how to successfully start a business. Now I'm very proud to be a hairdresser and have my own business in Erbil. My wife is attending a course for dressmakers. The advice has helped us to discover new prospects.
Success as a hairdresser in Erbil
My name is Bestoon; I'm 32 years old and come from Erbil in Iraq. I am married and have two children. We all went together to Germany in 2018, because the situation in Iraq was very difficult for us. But we didn't have a great time in Germany either. Today we're back in Erbil and I have a new career. Now I'm a hairdresser. This is my story:
My family and I lived in refugee accommodation in Hesse for five months in 2018. That was a difficult time for us. We had to share a bathroom and kitchen with people from all over the world. The culture in Germany is also totally different to what we're used to in Iraq. I found it difficult to learn German and that meant I couldn't get a job. So I decided to return to Iraq.
Now I'm very proud to have my own small business.
Training opportunities throughout IraqWould you like to do some training? The Iraqi Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs offers training courses. They are free of charge and are available throughout Iraq.
How to get medical helpAre you looking for medical help? The Ministry of Health of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has a website where you can find information about hospitals and treatment.
Training: the oil and gas sectorWould you like to work in the oil and natural gas industry? Are you looking for a training opportunity in Iraq? Or would you like to do a skills development course? GTSC has a number of different courses.
IT, English and health and safetyAre you looking for a training course in IT or English? Or would you like to work in the oil and gas industry in the field of health and safety? If so, you will be able to find a course at LLS.
Finding new educational opportunitiesAre you looking for a school for your children? Would you like to go to university? The government of the autonomous region of Kurdistan has a website where you can find a lot of information about educational opportunities.
Helpline for children in needThe helpline assists children, young people and their parents in cases of emergency. Calls are free.
You can also call if you know a child in need of help.
Help for mental health emergenciesAre you finding everyday life difficult? Are you no longer able to cope on your own? The Ministry of Health of the autonomous region of Kurdistan can find help for you.
Getting started in the oil industryWould you like to work in the oil industry? The Baghdad Oil Training Institute offers training courses that will enable you to work in oil companies.
Training: the autonomous region of KurdistanAre you looking for a training opportunity? The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the autonomous region of Kurdistan offers training courses. The courses are free of charge.
English in the classroom or onlineWould you like to learn English? MACOS has a range of different courses. The only courses taught in the classroom are in the autonomous region of Kurdistan. However, the courses are also available online throughout Iraq.
Help for displaced peopleHave you experienced violence? Were you forced to leave your home? The Jiyan Foundation helps displaced men and women in Iraq. The Foundation helps survivors of violence.
Help for survivors of violenceSie wurden Opfer von Gewalt? Oder Ihnen wurde sexuelle Gewalt angetan? Sie brauchen Hilfe? Sie möchten Hilfe für Ihre Familie? SEED unterstützt Sie und Ihre Familie.
Training courses: face-to-face or onlineWould you like to do some training? You can do various training courses online at the Online EKAET School. But you can also go to classes in Erbil.
IT, technology and managementAre you looking for a training course in IT, technology or management? Or are you interested in the heavy equipment industry? The Swedish Academy for Training in Iraq offers courses in these subjects.