Since its inception Education For Employment (EFE) has supported 40,000 youth into the world of work.
This year Education For Employment (EFE) reached a milestone of over 40,000 of the organization’s graduates linked to jobs or the world of work. The achievement comes amid renewed calls for expanded economic opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) following the United Nation’s assertion that job creation is the most challenging issue facing the region. The Arab Human Development report, released in November by the United Nations Development Programme, estimates that 60 million new jobs must be created in the next decade to keep pace with the region’s growing youth population.
The Education For Employment (EFE) Network is widely regarded as the region’s leading youth employment organization. Through partnerships with thousands of companies, EFE links youth to skills that reflect market demands, as well as tangible opportunities like jobs, internships, and business startup support – a distinctive approach in the region. EFE’s success in linking 70% of its jobs-track graduates to employment has prompted entities such as the World Economic Forum* to consider it a promising model for catalyzing change in the region’s education institutions.
“Each day, Education For Employment graduates highlight a simple truth: when youth have the right skills and opportunities, they demonstrate ambition and dynamism that can transform their societies for the better,” said Ron Bruder, Founder and Chairman of EFE. “We are grateful that over 2,500 partners share our conviction in the positive power of the region’s youth. With their support, tens of thousands more youth will feel the hope and dignity of employment in 2017 and we will be able to soon share our exciting growth plans for the new year.”
In a region where unemployment rates for young women are the highest in the world, EFE has been particularly successful at providing economic opportunities for young women. A record number 61% of EFE graduates in 2016 are young women. EFE has developed specialized initiatives to facilitate young women’s entrance into jobs in industries such as IT, sales, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship.
Education For Employment (EFE), has grown considerably since launching its first job placement training program in 2006 with six Palestinian youth. Today, the EFE Network extends across the MENA region, with EFE Saudi Arabia established in 2016 as the newest EFE Affiliate in the Gulf. Locally-managed EFE affiliates are now in operation in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and support hubs are located in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), USA (Washington, DC and New York City) and Europe (Madrid).
In April 2016, EFE launched its MENA Region Hub in the UAE under the royal patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, UAE, and with support from Founding Sponsors in the UAE including Citi Foundation, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), Crescent Enterprises, The Abraaj Group, Sharjah Business Women Council, Raza Jafar, Abdul Aziz Al-Yaqout, and Jisr Venture Partners. Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, UAE, and Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, was named as EFE’s Honorary Patron of Global Women’s Inclusion in September, 2016. Business leaders and industry pioneers comprise the EFE UAE Advisory Board, including, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment that was represented by HE Late Ameera BinKaram; Raza Jafar, Founder of the Emirates Investments Group (EIG); Karim Seifeddine, Corporate Communications Head, Middle East & Africa of Citi; Abdul Aziz Al-Yaquot, Senior Partner at Meysan Partners; Mariam Farag, Head of CSR at MBC Group; Yogesh Mehta, CEO of Petrochem Middle East; and Najla Al Midfa, General Manager of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa).
In total, over 2,500 partnerships made these milestone achievements possible. Partners include MENA-based regional leaders including Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), Alwaleed Philanthropies, Alturki Group, Souq.com, the Suliman S. Olayan Foundation, the Sharjah Business Women Council, and MBC Al Amal, as well as leading global multinationals and foundations such as Accenture, The MasterCard Foundation, Citi Foundation, Marriott International, Boeing, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Drosos Foundation, Motorola Solutions, the Near East Affairs Bureau of the US Department of State, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, Islamic Relief USA, Western Union Foundation, and Vodafone Foundation.