Ras Al Khaimah, UAE – February 12, 2017: The American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Education For Employment (EFE), an international not-for-profit network that creates employment opportunities for youth across the Middle East and North Africa region.

The agreement seeks to provide jobseekers and university graduates in the UAE, regardless of nationality, with training opportunities as well as linkages to employers through developing relationships with local businesses and industries.

Speaking after the signing ceremony, Prof. Hassan Hamdan Al Alkim, president of AURAK, commented, “I have very high expectations for this new relationship. As one of the leading institutions of higher education in the country, we are confident that we are producing top-quality graduates. Now, with our new partner, Education For Employment, we are delighted that we can ensure that our graduates will be well supported in their search for meaningful employment within highly-competitive job markets.”

On her part, Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships at EFE-Global added, “Each day, Education For Employment’s 40,000 graduates across the Middle East and North Africa send a clear message: with the right skills and tangible employment opportunities, youth can create a bright future for themselves, their families, and their communities. We are honored to partner with AURAK, one of the country’s leading education institutions, to help youth in the UAE to transition from school to work and achieve their full potential.”

Education For Employment’s mission is to create economic opportunity for unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa by providing world-class professional and technical training that leads directly to employment and the world of work.

The American University of Ras Al Khaimah is a government-owned institution of higher education which provides an integrated North American-style education. It is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and offers a total of 22 undergraduate and graduate programs across a wide range of disciplines.

About Education For Employment (EFE)

Education For Employment (EFE) is the leading youth employment network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). To create job opportunities for unemployed youth, EFE pioneered market-driven skills training that leads directly to tangible outcomes like jobs, business startup support, internships and other pathways to employment. Since 2006, EFE has linked over 40,000 high-potential youth to a job or the world of work, while supporting more than 2,150 businesses to obtain the entry-level talent they need to grow. Over half of EFE’s graduates are young women, reflecting EFE’s special focus on supporting women’s entry into the workforce. The EFE Network is comprised of locally-run EFE affiliates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, with support hub offices in the USA (New York City and Washington, DC), Europe (Madrid) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). To learn more, please visit www.efe.org and follow @EFE_Global.

Since its inception Education For Employment (EFE) has supported 40,000 youth into the world of work.

DUBAI, UAE – 14 December 2016: 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.

To hire EFE alumni or enroll in an EFE training program, please visit www.efe.org.

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Reference:

“Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets and Innovative Approaches,” World Economic Forum, 2014.

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About Education For Employment:

Education For Employment (EFE) is the leading youth employment network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). To create job opportunities for unemployed youth, EFE pioneered market-driven skills training that leads directly to tangible outcomes like jobs, business startup support, internships and other pathways to employment. Since 2006, EFE has linked over 40,000 high-potential youth to a job or the world of work, while supporting more than 2,150 businesses to obtain the entry-level talent they need to grow. Over half of EFE’s graduates are young women, reflecting EFE’s special focus on supporting women’s entry into the workforce. The EFE Network is comprised of locally-run EFE affiliates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, with support hub offices in the USA (New York City and Washington, DC), Europe (Madrid) and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). To learn more, please visit www.efe.org and follow @EFE_Global.

The largest youth employment organization in the region and the Middle East’s leading career site join hands to promote the sharing of knowledge and opportunities that connect youth and employers

Dubai, UAE – With 76% of youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) indicating that finding a job is the biggest challenge of their generation,* Education For Employment (EFE) and Bayt.com have launched a partnership to support youth employment in MENA. The collaboration will enable youth trained by EFE to benefit from job market insights and opportunities generated by Bayt.com, and will provide employers with direct access to a pool of skilled, retainable EFE Alumni across the MENA.

Commenting on the collaboration, Rabea Ataya, founder and CEO of Bayt.com, stated that "In this region, the single most pressing issue of our time is a very young population faced with the highest unemployment rate in the world. At Bayt.com, we’ve dedicated the past 16 years to connecting people with opportunities, and tackling the challenges that young people face when it comes to finding jobs. This collaboration with Education For Employment is exciting for us as it will allow us to empower even more young people with the tools and information they need to build their lifestyle of choice."


Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Partnerships at EFE, added that, “At Education For Employment, we believe that when youth have the right skills and job opportunities, they can do more than transform their own lives: they can transform their communities and companies, too. We are proud to partner with Bayt.com to help employers tap into the dynamic pool of skilled, ready-to-work EFE Alumni, and to connect youth to the job market insights they need to make smart career decisions.”

Drawing on their expertise and networks with employer and youth, EFE and Bayt.com will raise awareness of tangible steps that both sets of stakeholders can undertake to increase youth employment outcomes. They will explore additional ways to collaborate to boost youth employment outcomes in MENA.

The Bayt.com and EFE partnership builds on the success of the Opportunity Café led by Starbucks MENA in collaboration with EFE and Bayt.com in April 2016. The Opportunity Café initiative organized the region’s largest-ever CV writing workshop across 29 Starbucks stores to train youth and help them prepare for jobs, and produced youth employment insights through a survey of over 600 youth across the region.

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*The Bayt.com Fresh Graduates in the Middle East survey, July 2015

About Bayt.com

Bayt.com is the #1 job site in the Middle East, offering a complete range of end-to-end employment solutions and career planning tools. Founded in 2000, Bayt.com offers the fastest, easiest, most effective and cost-efficient methods for employers to find quality candidates, and for job seekers to find top jobs, in the Middle East and North Africa. With over 26,250,000 professionals and over 40,000 leading organizations using Bayt.com's recruitment platform across all industry categories and career levels, Bayt.com is today the single largest marketplace of professionals and companies in the region. To learn more, please visit www.bayt.com.

About Education For Employment (EFE)

Education For Employment (EFE) is the leading youth employment network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). To create job opportunities for unemployed youth, EFE provides market-driven skills training that leads directly to jobs, startup support and pathways to employment. Since 2006, EFE has pioneered a demand-driven approach to helping over 10,000 unemployed, high potential youth to secure their first job while supporting more than 2,000 businesses to obtain the entry-level talent they need to grow. Over half of EFE’s graduates are young women, reflecting EFE’s special focus on supporting women’s entry into the workforce. The EFE Network is comprised of locally-run EFE affiliates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, with support hub offices in the USA (New York City and Washington, DC), Europe (Madrid) and the UAE (Dubai). To learn more, please visit www.efe.org and follow @EFE_Global.

Education For Employment (EFE) mourns the tragic passing of Her Excellency Ameera BinKaram, her mother Badriya Abdul Rahman, and sister Sama BinKaram, on 22 October.

An esteemed Founding Member of EFE’s Advisory Board in the UAE, HE BinKaram was a shining role model of women’s leadership and a pioneering advocate who created economic opportunity for those who need it most.

In her roles as Deputy Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, Chairperson of the Sharjah Women Business Council, and a founding member and President of Friends of Cancer Patients Society, UAE, HE Ameera BinKaram tirelessly pursued economic inclusion and justice. She was a dynamic champion for women, youth, and the underserved, and her legacy continues to live through those her efforts impacted and inspired.

HE Ameera BinKaram led the way for EFE to work with the Sharjah Business Women Council in providing entrepreneurship training and follow-up support to women and youth from remote areas of Sharjah, UAE.

“With energy and passion, HE Ameera BinKaram transformed the lives of countless women and youth, and we are deeply saddened by her loss,” Ron Bruder, Founder & Chair of EFE, said. “The sympathy and prayers of the entire EFE Network who mourn her loss are with her family and all those whose lives her bright soul illuminated. We will honor her memory in our work always. May HE Ameera, her mother and sister rest in peace.”

On 18 October, the Huffington Post featured a blog by Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, Senior Vice President at EFE-Global, outlining four ways to support youth employment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Nahhas draws from insights generated during the Opportunity Café - a Starbucks MENA-led initiative in partnership with EFE and Bayt.com to organize the region’s largest-ever CV writing workshop across 29 Starbucks stores in ten countries.

Click here to read the full blog.

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