Project Name: Tamheed
Inception date: September 2010
Current status: Launched April 2011. As of October 2013, over 200 advisors are delivering services in 50 centers.
Expected outcomes: 100 centers providing career advice to 10,000+ young people by mid-2014
Regional Partner(s): Mindmill, Bright Language
Country Partner(s): Microsoft, Ministry of Youth (Egypt); Bedaya Center, Qatar University, Community College of Qatar (Qatar); Edupartage (Tunisia); Anapec (Morocco); International Youth Foundation (Palestine)
Countries covered: Qatar, Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, 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: Ta3mal
Inception date: April 2012
Current status: Launched in April 2012 as Masrworks.com in Egypt. As of September 2013, the portal had over 5000 registered users across the region.
Expected outcomes: 10,000 young people provided employability support by end of 2013
Regional Partner(s): Microsoft
Country Partner(s): Bedaya Center (Qatar), Microsoft (Egypt), Edupartage (Tunisia), Foras (Iraq)
Countries covered: Regional; specialized portals for Egypt, Qatar, Iraq and Tunisia
Description: The region's first employability portal, Ta3mal helps Arab youth and job seekers find support to transition into the world of work. Ta3mal is available in Arabic, English and French, and provides resources ranging from online career guidance, e-learning, employability and entrepreneurship training, to specific work experience and job opportunities. Local partners provide specialized content and access to services appropriate for selected countries.
In coming years, Silatech and Microsoft will launch Ta3mal in additional countries, bringing together the diverse range of interventions and support available through public, private and civil society initiatives.
Project Name: MobiWorks
Inception date: January 2012
Current status: Launched in Tunisia in March 2013 as “Najja7ni”
Expected outcomes: Connect 300,000 young people in Tunisia with opportunities and resources by end of 2013
Partner(s): Tunisiana, Ooredoo, ProInvest, Edupartage
Countries covered: Tunisia initially, with potential for regional scale-up
Description: MobiWorks is a mobile portal that connects young people without Internet access to employability resources, financial inclusion and job opportunities via a basic GSM mobile phone. Offered in partnership with Ooredoo, the portal aggregates opportunities from various youth serving organizations and enables young people to connect with them.
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 mid-2014
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: Initial pilot completed; scale-up launched in mid-2013
Expected outcomes: In pilot, 400 young people from disadvantaged communities trained and connected to jobs in the hospitality sector. Scale up embeds the model within public sector institutions to create long-term sustainability with a target of 900 young people over two years.
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: 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.