Alec Hogg with BizNews.com caught up with Education For Employment (EFE) Founder and Chair Ron Bruder at the 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland to discuss EFE’s model for addressing youth unemployment. Bruder points to the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region as the area of the world experiencing the greatest and most urgent need for youth economic opportunities, particularly given the relationship between youth unemployment and social stability. Bruder stressed that EFE’s work goes beyond teaching job skills, and instills a new sense of confidence and self-worth in graduates.

The full interview can be found on YouTube or at BizNews.

On Janaury 24, 2015 at the 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF), Huffington Post Executive Editor Lance Gould discussed EFE’s work with EFE President & CEO Jamie McAuliffe, President and EFE Founder & Chair Ron Bruder on HuffPost Live.

Gould pointed to the connections between EFE’s work and the words of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who stressed the necessity of creating employment opportunities in the Arab world. Bruder and McAuliffe drew attention to the EFE’s emphasis on training youth women to enter the workforce. McAuliffe spoke of EFE’s successful demand-driven model and pointed to a recent report produced by EFE and funded by the Citi Foundation, explaining the emergence of technology and IT in the MENA region and the great potential for growth in this sector. McAuliffe highlights the promise of impact sourcing – the creation of employment opportunities for communities that are disadvantaged but have high potential –championed by EFE partner The Rockefeller Foundation and practices through partnerships with Vistaprint, Accenture and other major global brands.

You can watch the full interview at HuffPost Live, HuffPost Bussiness and on MSN video.

Jill Huntley, Managing Director of Global Corporate Citizenship met with Jamie McAuliffe, President and CEO of Education For Employment (EFE) at the 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland to discuss EFE’s mission and its partnership with Accenture.

According to Huntley, “Education For Employment is one of our most significant Skills to Succeed partners,” and McAuliffe highlighted the impact of the EFE-Accenture “Programming for the Future” partnership. Initiated in 2013, EFE and Accenture develop technology skills for youth in Morocco and around the world. The program began with a forensic study of skills gaps in local economies, followed by the creation and tailoring of curriculum with a focus on skills for employment in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO). Graduates were trained in new technology, as well as soft skills and business English, and were hired by tech companies ranging from global leaders such as Accenture, to local SMEs.

EFE is now looking to expand the pilot to 10,000 trainees across five countries to focus on the future need of digital literacy skills.

The full conversation can be viewed on YouTube.

On Tuesday, January 20, Education For Employment (EFE) Founder and Board Chair Ron Bruder presented the success of EFE’s social franchise structure and demand-driven job training and placement model in a workshop at the 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The workshop and proceeding breakout discussion session, “Search for Solutions: Employment, Skills and Human Capital,” were focused on how innovative business models and emerging technologies can be used to shape and improve employment, skills and human capital throughout societies across the world.

The WEF brings together “global leaders from across business, government, international organizations, academia and civil society” to discuss ways in which to address current and future global issues. Presenting alongside David Boehmer, Regional Managing Partner of Financial Services with Heidrick & Struggles; Zach Sims, CEO and Co-founder of CodeAcademy; and Alexis Ringwald, CEO of LearnUp, Bruder shared with participants how EFE’s model, which goes beyond training to place graduates in jobs, has created significant impact in the Middle East & North Africa, and may be adaptable to others contexts.

More information on the Employment, Skills and Human Capital project and the 2015 WEF can be found here.

As a 2012 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) and The Huffington Post invited Education For Employment (EFE) Founder and Chair Ron Bruder to contribute a blog highlighting youth unemployment as a key priority for the WEF Davos agenda.

In “Discord or Dynamism? Getting the Arab World’s Youth Employment Question Right” Bruder references the many obstacles standing between youth and employment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and points to an EFE’s recent report (available here) funded by the Citi Foundation which highlights several industries that could generate significant employment opportunities for youth in MENA.

Bruder highlights the crucial role that private sector companies – including major global brands such as Accenture, Vistaprint and Souq.com – are playing in creating economic opportunities for youth in the MENA region.

The full blog is available on The Huffington Post and the World Economic Forum website.