Middle East and North Africa (MENA)-wide youth employment organization opens its regional branch office in the UAE under the royal patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development
26 May 2016, Dubai, U.A.E.: Education For Employment (EFE), MENA’s leading non-profit network driving youth employment, has launched its regional branch office in the UAE at an event held on 25th May at the Capital Club, Dubai, under the royal patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and with support of lead event sponsor Citi Foundation. At the gala ceremony, His Excellency highlighted the importance of enabling youth in the country to fulfill their enormous potential to develop a globally competitive and knowledge based economy.
Across the MENA region, EFE offers targeted training and coaching aimed at creating opportunities for unemployed or underserved youth – either through job placements or encouraging entrepreneurship. EFE’s regional hub office was launched to recognize the positive potential of youth and to help them surmount the rising challenge of unemployment across the region and here in the UAE. His Excellency will assume the role of Honorary Chairman of EFE in the UAE.
At the occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, commented, “It’s a great pleasure to celebrate the launch of regional hub of Education for Employment (EFE) Program in the UAE. The vision of EFE focuses on the greatest need in the Arab World- to empower youth with skills and opportunities to build careers that create a better future for themselves, their communities and the world. EFE’s dedication to employment of young men and women coincides with our national commitment to building and maintaining a knowledge based economy and achieving full employment for our young people. EFE has been notably successful in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Yemen. EFE graduates in those countries are productively employed. As a country concerned about the economic and social health of our region, the United Arab Emirates is grateful for what EFE has accomplished. We are pleased that the UAE will provide assistance, training, expertise and network to support EFE affiliates in the MENA.”
EFE, which launched operations in seven countries (Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia) over the past ten years, empowers young women and men with skills to thrive in the workplace by bridging the gap between employers, education institutions and youth. This stability and dignity enables EFE graduates to support their families and contribute effectively to their society and economy. To achieve this and to help the private and public sectors in benefiting from dynamic young talent, EFE successfully partners with some of the most established corporations and associations in the region. The launch event was sponsored by Citi Foundation, lead sponsor, and by the Western Union Foundation. Recent regional partners include: Boeing, Impact Porter Novelli, Marriott International, MBC Hope, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, and White & Case, as well as Sharjah Business Women Council in the UAE. EFE Founding Sponsors in the UAE include Citi Foundation, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), Crescent Enterprises, JISR Venture Partners, and The Abraaj Group as well as Abdel Aziz Al Yaquot and Raza Jafar.
EFE provides targeted job training and placement, employability and entrepreneurship programs while working directly with the employers in a wide range of growth industries such as ICT and e-Commerce, hospitality and retail. This distinctive demand-driven model is the engine of EFE’s tremendous success across the region. Already, EFE has helped nearly 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.
Ronald Bruder, Founder and Chairman of EFE who participated in the UAE launch, said, “In this time of rapid change, closing the gap between youth, employers and educators in the region is more important than ever before. We at EFE are proud to serve as this crucial bridge that connects youth to economic opportunity and provides our partners with a platform for creating a meaningful impact through youth employment. I am grateful for the tremendous encouragement from our Honorary Patron and our partners, and look forward to the positive changes we can make with their support.”
Samer Choumar, Managing Director, EFE added, “The MENA region has the fastest-growing youth population in the world, and also its highest youth unemployment rate. In what many view as a crisis, we at EFE see the positive potential. When youth have the right skills and opportunities, they can energize business here in the region and serve as the backbone of dynamic economies and societies.”
The WEF Global Risks Survey 2016 revealed that among energy prices and fiscal crises, unemployment was cited as one of the top three business risks in the Middle East. One of the major factors cited as contributing to this trend is the gap between the skills taught in educational institutions and the actual needs of the labor market.
Notes to editors:
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 in MENA, 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 nearly 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.
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Education For Employment Partner Quotes:
Lead Event Sponsor & Founding Sponsor in the UAE:
“Citi’s partnership with EFE is highly strategic and falls within our mission to enable growth and progress across the globe. Recognizing that youth unemployment is the single most pressing item on the economic and sociopolitical agenda across MENA, together we are ensuring to tackle this issue through a hands-on approach that guarantees positive results and creates synergies among governments, private sector, civil society, and the international community, with the end result being a more sustainable job placement ecosystem that translates into a happier society.”
- Karim Seifeddine, Public Affairs and Government Relations Head - MENA, Citi
Founding Sponsors in the UAE:
“It is our hope at Crescent Enterprises that with initiatives such as Education For Employment (EFE), future leaders will flourish in a region that has clear objectives to diversify its economy and further open its business borders to the rest of the world. The UAE’s unique role as a regional and increasingly global hub for business and innovation makes it an ideal location for EFE to launch its regional headquarters. As a founding supporter of EFE UAE, we look forward to working together to unlock the immense potential of the hundreds of millions of youth across our region.”
-Badr Jafar, CEO, Crescent Enterprises
“Education For Employment (EFE) continues to have a deep impact on the lives of thousands of young people across the Middle East every year by building skills and linking young men and women to concrete employment opportunities. The opening of EFE’s regional office in the UAE demonstrates the organization’s commitment to playing a growing role in the social and human development of the Middle East. Local, regional and international businesses in this region can achieve lasting impact on youth unemployment through meaningful partnerships with EFE – this has been our experience at Abraaj.”
-Frederic Sicre, Managing Director, The Abraaj Group
Recent Regional Partners:
“We partnered with Education For Employment in Jordan and Egypt because they bridge the skills gap that exists in the region between job seekers and job providers. We want Arab youth to have a positive professional journey, therefore it is imperative that we play our part in realizing the massive opportunity that exists in the form of untapped human capital.”
- Bernard Dunn, President, Boeing Middle East, North Africa and Turkey
“As a global agency network that employs a pool of young talented people we understand how professional and technical training helps in effectively driving businesses in the region. We are pleased to support EFE and congratulate them on this endeavour to empower youth with the skills and opportunities to help them build successful careers.”
- Fouad Bou Mansour, Chief Operating Officer Impact Porter Novelli, MENA Region and Managing Director Impact BBDO, Abu Dhabi
“Education plays a powerful and vital role in changing peoples’ lives for better across the Middle East – translating into stronger, more resilient communities and economies across the region. Our partnership with Education for Employment is a crucial component of the Foundation’s Education for Better program, as we work to achieve our ambitious goal to train 50,000 women and youth over the next five years. Our work with Education For Employment helps empower youth, especially young women, to build careers that create a better future for themselves and their communities, while demonstrating our continued commitment to financial inclusion and economic development.”
-John R. Dye, Board Chairman, Western Union Foundation