Project Name: Tamheed
Inception date: September 2010
Current status: Launched April 2011. As of October 2012, 50 advisors are delivering services in 13 centers.
Expected outcomes: 100 centers providing career advice to 10,000+ young people by end of 2012; 500 centers and 100,000 young people by 2015
Partner(s): Mindmill; Bright Language
Countries covered: Regional
Description: Tamheed delivers quality career advice and placement support services to be available scale. It provides youth-serving organizations (YSOs) with a complete toolkit for setting up a sustainable career advising practice. This includes highly predictive and user-friendly psychometric assessments from UK-based Mindmill delivered online in Arabic, English and French, the results of which can be used for both advice guidance and screening; advisor training and automated reports; language assessments from Bright Language; and, a framework for career advising that creates an action plan towards career success. Tamheed career guidance services are provided in physical career centers, as well as online. Tamheed is also integrated into Silatech’s and Microsoft's online employability portals (such as MasrWorks.com). Tamheed’s psychometric assessments are also used by employers and training institutions to support the screening and selection of candidates, helping match candidates with the best-fit opportunities, while supporting the overall sustainability of the initiative.
Project Name: MasrWorks
Inception date: October 2012
Current status: Launched in April 2012. As of June 2012, the portal had over 2000 registered users, 10,000+ unique visitors.
Expected outcomes: 10,000 young people provided employability support by 2013
Countries covered: Egypt
Description: Egypt's (and the region's) first employability portal, MasrWorks helps Egyptian youth and job seekers find support to transition into the world of work. MasrWorks is available in both Arabic and English and provides resources ranging from online career guidance, employability and entrepreneurship training, to specific work experience and job opportunities. MasrWorks is the first of a series of regional employability portals that Silatech and Microsoft will be launching over the next few years, to bring together the diverse range of interventions and support available through public, private and civil society initiatives.
Project Name: Qatar Ta3mal
Inception date: May 2012
Current status: Early 2013
Expected outcomes: 2000 young people provided employability and entrepreneurship support by end of 2013
Partner(s): Microsoft, Bedaya Center
Countries covered: Qatar
Description: Qatar Ta3mal will be Qatar's first employability and entrepreneurship portal, supporting young people in Qatar make the transition into entrepreneurship or employment. Extending the success of the MasrWorks portal in Egypt, Qatar Ta3mal will connect youth to the many employability and entrepreneurship opportunities and resources available in Qatar, providing them with online resources, guidance and support on the Web and on their mobile phones.
Project Name: MobiWorks
Inception date: January 2012
Current status: Under development, expected launch at end of 2012 in Tunisia
Expected outcomes: Connect 3000 young people in Tunisia with opportunities and resources by end of 2013
Partner(s): Tunisiana, Qtel, ProInvest
Countries covered: Tunisia initially, with potential for regional scale-up
Description: MobiWorks is a mobile portal that will connect young people without Internet access to employability resources, financial inclusion and job opportunities via a basic GSM mobile phone. Offered in partnership with Tunisiana, the portal will aggregate opportunities from various youth serving organizations and enable young people to connect with them.
Project Name: Work Against All Odds
Inception date: June 2012
Current status: Implementation beginning in December 2012
Expected outcomes: Pilot to prove the Virtual Work Experience model with Palestinian youth in Gaza
Partner(s): Al Fakhoora
Countries covered: Palestine
Description: Virtual work experience program to help young Palestinian graduates build their skills, engage clients and create a positive track record in the virtual marketplace (ODesk or Elance). Program will work like an internship, with participants receiving skills, feedback, mentoring, and a nominal fee for services. At the end of the program, interns will have online portfolios to showcase their work, detailed feedback and support from managers and a solid track record of hours worked and reviews to post on the top virtual marketplaces. Virtual work experience, if successful, will be highly scalable, inclusive and prepare youth for both wage and self-employment.
Project Name: Emergency Support to Young Rural Tunisians
Inception date: May 2012
Current status: Implementation beginning in late 2012
Expected outcomes: 3,000 young people connected with training, internships and microfinance
Partner(s): World Bank, Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), Tunisiana
Countries covered: Tunisia
Description: Program will provide emergency income support and short-term employment opportunities to approximately 3,000 youth (18-34) to help them meet basic needs through cash-for-work, training, internship and self-employment. Silatech and Tunisiana are supporting the mobile components of the project, ensuring that this support is provided inclusively and transparently through outreach and M&E. JSDF Emergency Window has provided funding for the project.
Project Name: Anapec Capacity Building
Inception date: May 2011
Current status: Ongoing
Expected outcomes: Career guidance and placement support to 5000 young people by end of 2013
Partner(s): Anapec, Mindmill, Bright Language
Countries covered: Morocco
Description: Silatech is helping Morocco's public sector employment agency, Anapec, provide unemployed Moroccan youth with training and job opportunities. Through its Tamheed initiative, Silatech has helped Anapec develop screening processes for candidates and provided tools and training for language, psychometric and aptitude assessments.
Project Name: Emploi Habilite
Inception date: May 2010
Current status: Pilot nearing completion, scale up expected to launch December 2012
Expected outcomes: In pilot, 400 young people from disadvantaged communities trained and connected to jobs in the hospitality sector. Scale up will embed the model within public sector institutions to create long-term sustainability with a target of 900 young people.
Partner(s): IYF, Ministry of Tourism
Countries covered: Morocco
Description: Program aims to equip disadvantaged youth in Morocco with technical and life skills and place them in tourism sector jobs. Implemented in Tetouan/Tangiers by the Sedraoui Foundation, and in Casablanca by CFA Jaber Ibnou Hayane. 98 Employers have participated in the program, offering internships and job opportunities to trained youth. Scale up will build public sector capacity to offer training, reducing costs and enabling sustainability.
Project Name: SilaQual
Inception date: May 2009
Current status: Established, services offered on a sustainable basis through partnership with Pearson
Expected outcomes: Making international levels of quality assurance accessible to public and civil society training centers in Arab world
Partner(s): Pearson Education, Edexcel
Countries covered: Regional
Description: SilaQual is a regional awarding body that accredits trainees and training centers at an international standard, creating an evidence-based bridge of trust between education institutions and employers. The accreditation of centers by SilaQual provides the necessary quality assurance framework through which high performing training centers can be incentivized to grow through connection with funding as well as manpower organizations. SilaQual makes international level of quality accreditations accessible to public sector institutes from a price, language, and capacity point of view.
Project Name: Yemen Construction Skills
Inception date: September 2009
Current status: Pilot complete, scale up on hold since April 2011
Expected outcomes: Create a model for delivering training, qualifications and long-term employability to young Yemenis in the construction sector in a sustainable and effective manner meeting international standards
Partner(s): Ministry of TEVT Yemen, Sana'a Community College, Qatari Diar, Consolidated Contractors Company-Yemen, Shibam Holdings
Countries covered: Yemen
Description: The program established a SilaQual accredited construction skills training center at Sana'a Community College, with 13 qualified public sector trainers who trained 1500 Yemeni youth over the program duration. The training center became self-sustaining within 6 months, and employers and trainees paid for training and qualifications offered to international standards. The program has been hailed as one of the few sustainable and scalable models for workforce development, successfully bridging the gap between public and private sector, and has led to the creation of an ethical manpower company to provide quality jobs to qualified workers.