Tuesday, 01 November 2016 00:00

Education For Employment and Bayt.com Launch Partnership to Support Youth Employment in MENA

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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.


*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.