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    Protocol Signed for ‘Training for Employment’ National Project

    Cairo, 8 January 2015

    The Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates and head of the Emirates Development Projects Cooperation Office in Egypt Sultan Ahmed Al-Gaber, the ICT Minister Atef Helmy and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises Moneer Fakhry Abd Al Nour have witnessed the signing of a cooperation protocol to train and employ 10,000 people in the ICT sector.

    The protocol comes as part of the Egyptian Emirati Training for Employment project, to find solutions for the creation of job opportunities and training labor force in order to answer the needs of the local and regional markets.

    Implemented on 4 levels in 26 governorates, the program qualifies 100 thousand trainees for the job market and enhances the skills of the industrial labor force to save 50% of the vocational training in the job market. Up till now, 25 thousand and 505 candidates were trained on different domains of the program where over 10 thousands of them were hired.

    Therefore, Al-Gaber has said that finding practical solutions for socio-economic challenges is at the core interest of the Emirati development projects in Egypt, according to the UAE State directives.   

    He has added that the program of training for employment achieves a concrete progress through focusing on the fields required by the job market. He congratulated the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Small and Medium Projects and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on signing this protocol aiming to provide IT training programs which witness a large demand.

    UAE will remain keen on achieving the Egyptian population interest and strengthening the positive energy and innovation in the country.

    Through these projects in Egypt, UAE seeks to ensure the fact that the human being is the main pillar for facing the challenges and building a better future, he has explained.

    According to him, one of the best investments is in training and development of the human being view the fact it contributes to achieving benefit for both individual and community, and increases production and supports the economy.

    This is what Egypt needs in the time being, especially through qualifying youth and providing jobs, thus, ensuring a decent life for citizens.

    The Emirati projects- implemented in Egypt in vital sectors like housing, energy, education, health and food security- provide more than 600 thousand job opportunities. The UAE State contributes to develop more than 200 thousand jobs through funding around 169 thousand small and medium projects in Egypt through an agreement between Khalifa Fund to Support & Develop Small & Medium Enterprises and the Egyptian Social Fund for Development (SFD).

    This provides more jobs through funding and implementing a series of micro projects with credit facilities up to 200 million US dollars.

    Helmy has explained that Egypt and UAE joy of distinguished relations on all levels and different fields especially in ICT fields, pointing out to the ICT sector in Egypt which possesses many features qualifying it to lead development process and to strongly take part at achieving the aspired economic growth in Egypt.

    This is through the initiatives it takes for the benefit of the society, those initiatives open doors for a number of development projects providing thousands of distinguished job opportunities for the Egyptian youth considered the foundation of the society.

    He has added that this protocol aims to train and hire more than 10 thousand job seekers including people with disabilities, in order to join the ICT job market according to its needs.
    Abd Al Nour has thanked UAE government and people for their support to Egypt in different domains related to the Egyptian Emirati project of training for employment representing one of the successful models of joint cooperation.

    He has pointed out to the contribution of this project in achieving a quantum leap to promote the vocational labor skills and capabilities to answer the needs of the job market through providing vocational training in different sectors in order to develop the Egyptian industry and provide equal jobs for youth for both genders.

    The impact of this project- implemented with support of the Emirati counterparts- is to be reflected on achieving the sustainable development plans and concrete results in the economic growth. Moreover, the project helps decrease unemployment where job seekers are qualified for real jobs in different sectors. These endeavors reflect a unique thinking adopted by the Ministry where training is provided based on demand not supply.

    He has added that the Ministry, through the Industrial Training Council, participated efficiently to the training for employment project which implements the training plan according to the industry sector needs and the increase of the recruitment possibilities for youth in order to integrate them directly in the job market.

    This is to make the trainees acquire skills and mechanisms to deal with the production phases in a way to answer the needs of the market and promote the labor force productivity and efficiency in all production phases using the latest equipment of factories, companies and the different devices within this entities. These training programs set strict mechanisms to ensure harmony among training fields and the actual needs of the job market.

    The cost of this initiative reaches around 50 million EGP for the benefit of ICT job seekers in different governorates. 

    Under the umbrella of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Ministry of Industry and Trade, ITIDA CEO Hussein El-Gueretly and the Industrial Training Council CEO Mahmoud El-Sherbiny signed the protocol.  The protocol is an extension of a previous protocol signed in July 2014 in order to activate the national program of training for employment mechanisms.

    Under ITIDA supervision, the training occurs through Egyptian and international training companies whether private or public, in addition to governmental entities, NGOs with an effective database of jobs in the IT sector besides the initiative targeting people with disabilities, according to the clauses of the training protocol. It supports the SMEs in ICT fields through improving the efficiency of individuals applying for jobs at these companies.

    The courses content include: training on data entry skills, e-commerce and telesales, administrative skills as well as computer and mobile maintenance. The specialized programs include the management and development of databases, networks infrastructure, and information security, in addition to the development of the mobile applications and the integrated systems, software test, android system, cloud computing development.

    This is in addition to mobile phones communications, e-marketing, networks maintenance, marketing and sales, customers’ services, human resources, training of trainers in addition to projects management.

    Intensive programs are to be offered to qualify trainees to work in outsourcing industry and IT services exportation, as well as an intensified outsourcing program in English language, and developing skills for the technical support in ICT industry and vocational training in IT.

    El-Sherbiny has explained that the protocol signed today with ITIDA comes as one of the Egyptian Emirati project’s outputs of training for employment implemented by the Industrial Training Council aiming to qualify and recruit 100 thousand youth in different sectors.
    The project represents a launching to provide a well-trained labor force capable to face the local and regional markets.

    16.642 were trained during 1 October- 31 December 2014 with a total number of 32.492 trainees in four training projects focusing on artisan, training in factories, qualification, the national program for the socio-economic empowerment for women, since the launching of the project last June with a total cost of 91 million EGP.

    The training programs, he has explained, were very beneficial for youth in 26 governorates including Cairo, Alexandria, Assiut, Assouan, Giza, Suhag, Qena, Beheira, SHarkeya and Menoufeya. These programs include the maintenance of home appliance, clothes, communications, IT, construction, entrepreneurship, machines and equipment, underwater weld, occupational safety and health among other fields.

    El-Sherbiny has pointed out that the UAE Egyptian project witnessed also the launch of a media campaign which began at early December 2014 and lasts for 6 months under the slogan "Baiedk" (with your own hands) and is designed to educate young people the importance of changing the current work culture and orientation towards work in the private sector as the main engine for development.

    UAE coordination bureau of development projects in Egypt recently launched a promotional campaign for the training for employment program, lasting for 6 months, under the slogan "Baiedk" (with your own hands… create your work opportunity), to urge young people and job seekers to participate in training programs that are provided within the project.

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