Education For Employment (EFE), a non-profit network battling the growing problem of youth unemployment in the Middle East, has launched a regional branch office in the UAE.
EFE said in a statement that the regional office was launched to "recognise the positive potential of youth and to help them surmount the rising challenge of unemployment across the region".
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.
Its efforts comes as 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 labour market.
Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the UAE's Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, said: "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, which launched operations in seven countries - Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia - empowers young women and men with skills to thrive in the workplace by bridging the gap between employers, education institutions and youth.
EFE said it has helped nearly 10,000 unemployed youth to secure their first job while supporting more than 2,000 businesses to obtain the entry-level talent they need to grow.
Ronald Bruder, founder and chairman of EFE, 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."
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 energise business here in the region and serve as the backbone of dynamic economies and societies."For all the latest GCC news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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