Education For Employment opens in UAE
EFE opens UAE office to expand programs to bridge gap between employers, education and youth
Youth employment organisation Education For Employment (EFE) has opened a regional branch office in the UAE, to increase its presence in the MENA region.
Non-profit EFE focuses on job training and placement, employability and entrepreneurship programs for youth, has already launched launched operations in seven countries, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, over the past ten years.
The UAE office was opened under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, who will be Honorary Chairman of EFE in the UAE.
EFE offers targeted training and coaching aimed at creating opportunities for unemployed or underserved youth - either through job placements or encouraging entrepreneurship, to enable them to participate in the knowledge economy. Training has focused on a wide range of growth industries such as ICT and e-Commerce, hospitality and retail.
HE Sheikh Nahayan 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 programs are intended to give young people the skills required in the workplace today, to bridge the gap between employers, education institutions and youth. The organisation is sponsored by a number of public and private sector organisations including Citi Foundation, Western Union Foundation, 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.
Nearly 10,000 unemployed, high potential youth have been helped to secure their first job through EFE training, while more than 2,000 businesses have participated with its programs. 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."