Opening the door to youth employment

Ron Bruder

Royal support for a youth employment network in the Middle East and North Africa has been critical to its success

‘Your goals are our goals, and I am sure that you will strengthen our efforts to ensure that our young men and women achieve their full potential in satisfying and productive employment.’ His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the minister of tolerance, offered this affirmation of Education For Employment (EFE) during the launch of our office in the United Arab Emirates in May 2016.

The model increases youth employment by assessing the private sector’s entry-level labour needs, building soft skills and technical training programmes in response, and linking graduates directly to job opportunities.

EFE’s mission – to equip young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build careers that create a better future – is especially relevant in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Jobs could help to anchor peace and stability, but the region remains the hardest in the world for young people to secure employment. In our efforts to change this, the support of His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan has been crucial.

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