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Education for Employment, Egypt

Education for Employment launches a business model to create a responsive and fair labour market for Egyptian youth

Education for Employment launches a business model to create a responsive and fair labour market for Egyptian youth

Boasting the largest population of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) countries – 91.5 million in 2016 – Egypt has a wealth of human resources to advance its economic growth and development. In the face of rapid population growth, however, the country has struggled to integrate its younger and less experienced labour force into the market, leading to mass youth unemployment of up to 33%.

Our partner Education for Employment (EFE) strives to turn the tide against youth unemployment across the MENA region. With a consolidated experience in training and job placement in Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, EFE has learned that the problem lies in a staggering mismatch between what employers seek and what jobseekers can offer. While small and medium enterprises struggle to find qualified and professional entry-level employees, a thriving younger generation remains without employment prospects.

In a three-year partnership with the Trafigura Foundation, and working hand-in-hand with employers, EFE aims to secure job placements for 350 underprivileged, unemployed Egyptian youth through industry-relevant skills training. In this way, Egypt’s small and medium enterprises – who encounter challenges in sourcing appropriately qualified entry-level employees – will be able to offer paid positions to those struggling to gain a foothold on the job ladder.

EFE also set up a Social Business Intelligence Unit (SBIU) to assess the financial value of its services. The SBIU works to design customised training programmes adapted on the skills requested by the private sector and prices the added value of the service to help employers recruit and retain talented resources. This helps securing employers’ financial contributions to the training of unemployed youth. Furthermore, revenues generated by the partnership with the business sector helps EFE transition to a more sustainable and dynamic organisation with diversified sources of funding.

For one young participant, Mohamed, the programme proved to be a lifeline following earlier setbacks. As a young man, Mohamed had to postpone his dreams of becoming financially independent following a cancer diagnosis. Now, equipped with new skills and reinvigorated self-confidence, Mohamed is ready to launch himself onto the job market. Describing his own experience, fellow graduate Abdullah says he now has the confidence to shine in professional situations.
“I can’t describe my feelings right now. The programme has literally changed me. Before, I was shy and insecure, but the trainers taught me how to work in a team and present myself in front of a lot of people. I learned how to speak in public and with confidence.”

Another member of the cohort praises the teaching team’s professionalism and support. “The programme was excellent and my classmates and I benefitted a lot.
The trainers were highly qualified, always giving life tips that positively impacted our experience.”

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