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 entry level job and internship opportunities, online career guidance and e-learning, to employability and entrepreneurship training. Silatech and Microsoft are co-partners in establishing the Ta3mal network, while local partners provide specialized content and access to services appropriate for selected countries. Specialized country portals are currently available in Egypt, Qatar, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Morocco, with additional countries coming on line in the future.
Beginning in 2010, Silatech has partnered with the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Morocco’s Ministry of Tourism to provide job and life skills training to youth from disadvantaged communities, followed by placement in jobs within Morocco’s hospitality sector.
Anapec Capacity Building
Silatech is helping Morocco's public sector employment agency, Anapec, provide unemployed Moroccan youth with training and job opportunities. Through its Tamheed career guidance initiative, Silatech has helped Anapec develop screening processes for candidates and provided tools and training for language, psychometric and aptitude assessments.
MarocInvest PME Croissance Fund
Along with other public and private co-investors, Silatech is investing in this country level fund. The fund invests equity and quasi-equity in Moroccan SMEs that create quality jobs, have innovative business models or provide innovative products and services.
Launched in partnership with UK-based Mindmill in 2011, Tamheed delivers quality career advice and placement support services. 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 delivered online in Arabic, English and French, the results of which can be used for both advice guidance and screening.
Tamheed career guidance services are provided in an extensive network of physical career centers found throughout the region, as well as online. Tamheed is a core component of the support we provide to Career and Job Placement Centers, and is complimented by capacity building in areas of soft-skills training, internships and job placement. Tamheed career guidance is integrated into Silatech’s and Microsoft's online employability portals (ta3mal.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.
Regional Youth Savings Initiative
This initiative supports economic empowerment of socio-economically disadvantaged youth in building assets by offering them specialized micro-savings accounts, linking them to financial literacy training, and conducting social marketing activities to increase their and broader societies’ awareness of the importance of savings.
IFAD Rural Youth Economic Empowerment Program
$3 million program working with local partners – including microfinance institutions, banks, non-profits and companies in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen – to build their capacity to design, manage and sustain youth-inclusive financial products and complementary non-financial services to disadvantaged and financially excluded youth living in rural areas.
Youth Loan Project (Boudour)
Silatech is providing technical assistance to Attawfiq Microfinance in Morocco to support their ability to expand the provision of youth financial services, including the launch of a dedicated youth loan product.
Moroccan Youth Financing Facility
Silatech and Jaida (a wholesale financing institution for the Moroccan microfinance sector) have created a USD 3 million Moroccan Youth Enterprise Fund, which provides lines of credit, technical assistance and client training to enable the microfinance sector in Morocco to expand its provision of youth financial services.