Training for Workforce Readiness
Yemeni tradesmen, welders and construction workers have traditionally been known for high standards of quality. However, in recent years much of this labor has been imported from south Asia, in spite of very high unemployment within Yemen. Much of the problem simply related to inadequate vocational training in Yemen.
Bringing together public and private sector partners, Silatech worked with Yemen's Ministry of Technical and Vocational Education and Training to coach Yemeni trainers in vocational assessment and instruction, while the Consolidated Contractors Company, with the backing of Qatari Diar, agreed to hire the qualified Yemeni workers at their Al Rayyan Hills project in Sana’a. In just four months, Silatech and its partners were able to train and accredit over 600 candidates. While the scale-up of this program is currently on hold in Yemen due to the political situation there, it was hailed as one of the few sustainable and scalable models for workforce development, successfully bridging the gap between public and private sector, and leading to the creation of an ethical manpower company to provide quality jobs to qualified workers.