By Callum Paton.
Tripoli, 27 January 2014:
A Dale Carnegie centre has opened in Tripoli and is now offering its first courses to the public, with plans to start training for corporate clients in the near future.
CEO of Dale Carnegie in Libya, Khaled Elaghel, acquired the franchise for the training company in March 2013 and expects to soon have between four and six local trainers working at the centre. Dale Carnegie plans to offer a range of training, including in sales skills, presentation techniques and management.
Elaghel, who worked as a medical supplies importer before the revolution knew, from his own experience, that the demand for internationally-recognised training was strong in Libya. ”My thinking was that we needed an institute which trains ‘soft skills,’ which Libyans have been exposed to less,” he told the Libya Herald. ”In every field you see different graduates who don’t know how to promote themselves, managers who don’t know how to speak publicly and don’t know how to manage relations between their employees.”
He said he hoped to create a culture that did not need to rely on overseas training for Libyans working for the government or domestic companies.
At the end of the first week, feedback was overwhelmingly positive, Elaghel said. Trainees said they had been exposed to teaching methods and ways of thinking they had never before experienced in a formal educational setting.
Dale Carnegie in Libya is also working on a number of contracts with large corporations in the country which Elaghel is confident will be finalised soon.