It’s All About the Jobs
Education for Employment
How are social entrepreneurs ensuring that programs designed to help youth find employment go beyond training or coursework to actually ensure that young people obtain meaningful employment? In the complex global arena of youth unemployment, no one brilliant idea or innovation will solve the challenge of youth unemployment but flashes of insight that fundamentally change how we approach a problem can catalyze a solution. This article describes one such important catalyst in addressing the crisis of youth unemployment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region: reimagining education, not as an isolated endeavor but as one with points along the school-to-work continuum that are informed by a number of key stakeholders. This article discusses the experience of Education For Employment (EFE), an organization that a decade ago channeled a flash of insight to revamp the conventional “supply-driven” approach to youth education to become an approach to education for employment. As of 2013, EFE has partnered with over 1,000 employer, education and government partners to place thousands of youth in jobs in Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Jamie McAuliffe is President & CEO of Education For Employment, a Schwab Foundation Global Social Entrepreneur, and the Chair of the World Economic Forum Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment.
Jasmine Nahhas di Florio is Vice President for Strategy and Partnerships of Education For Employment.
Pia Saunders is Measuring and Evaluation Manager of Education For Employment and a member of the American Evaluation Association and the New York Consortium of Evaluators.