Founded and headquartered in Qatar, Silatech gives back to the country through a variety of partner programs. At 9 percent, Qatar’s youth unemployment rate is less than one-third of the regional average, so our programs in Qatar focus less on direct job and enterprise creation and more on supporting young people to reach their full potential through volunteering, career guidance, leadership and skills development, and internships.
We work very closely with Silatech because they are dedicated professionals who create innovative programs to empower Qatari youth.
Executive Director, Social Development Centre, Qatar
Ta3mal Employability Portal
In early 2013, Silatech introduced Qatar's first employability and entrepreneurship portal, Qatar Ta3mal, supporting young people in Qatar in making the transition to entrepreneurship or employment. Continuing the success of other Ta3mal country portals in Egypt, Qatar, Iraq, and Tunisia, Algeria, Palestine, Morocco and Jordan, the Qatar Ta3mal portal connects youth to the many employment and entrepreneurship opportunities and resources available in Qatar, providing them online resources, guidance and support. Through a partnership with Bayt.com, hundreds of available entry-level jobs are listed on the site. Qatar Ta3mal even allows young people access to over 500 online courses, including many that have been Arabized. Qatar Ta3mal complements the Bedaya Center's physical presence in Doha as a walk-in career center.
Qatar Ta3mal Website
Ta3mal on Facebook
Ta3mal on Twitter
Many of Silatech’s Qatar programs are channeled through the Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, founded by Silatech and Qatar Development Bank, and located in Building 30 of Doha’s Katara Cultural Center.
The Bedaya Center provides a walk-in location for young people in Qatar to access a range of services including career guidance and self-assessment, skills development in entrepreneurship and employability, mentoring, volunteering and internship opportunities, networking events and a speakers program. Silatech’s Employment and Enterprise Development programs work closely to provide services to youth in Qatar through the Bedaya Center.
Bedaya Center Website
Bedaya Center on Facebook
Bedaya Center on Twitter
Silatech's career guidance program, Tamheed includes online psychometric and language assessments, a career advising framework, and training and capacity building for career advisors. Youth workers can be trained to become Tamheed advisors in less than a week, creating a large pool of certified advisors offering personalized advice based on scientific reports.
Partnerships with universities and colleges have given access to Tamheed for over 80 percent of students enrolled in higher education in Qatar.
Global Entrepreneurship Week-Qatar
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
Silatech has served as the Qatar Country Host Partner for three years (2012-14), with over 20 other local organizations conducting workshops, seminars, and roundtable discussions all designed to strengthen the entrepreneurship climate in the country. Over 1500 people attended GEW events during 2014.
GEW-Qatar on Facebook
Tamm Volunteer Network
“Tamm,” meaning “consider it done” in Qatari Arabic, is an initiative to promote youth volunteerism and civic engagement by effectively connecting volunteers and the organizations that need them through an online platform. Tamm was co-founded in early 2015 by Silatech, the Social Development Center, Reach Out to Asia and the Qatar Center for Voluntary Activities.
The Roudha Center is a one-stop shop for women entrepreneurs in Qatar. It provides innovative and effective programs and advocacy efforts for women looking to open their own business, delivering business, financial, legal and training/programming services, as well as incubational assistance to empower women towards entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency. In only three years, the Roudha Center has helped more than 6,000 women.
Silatech has supported the Roudha Center since its inception, providing funding and capacity building.
Roudha Center Website
Roudha Center on Facebook
Roudha Center on Twitter
Developed in partnership with Occidental Petroleum, Qatar University, and the UK-based leadership development organization Common Purpose Charitable Trust, Nasmou is a four-day program for engineering students at Qatar University. Nasmou takes Qatari students out of the classroom to explore real-life experiences in the workplace, helping them to better understand their emotions and how to express themselves, as well as how to cross cultural divides and thrive in a multicultural environment.
Qasd - Responsible Leadership Program
QASD is a value-based leadership program that aims to develop a new generation of socially conscious and responsible young Arab leaders who will create and lead positive change in their own communities, countries and the region. QASD is being piloted in Egypt, Palestine and Qatar, targeting senior university students and fresh graduates, and will reinforce attitudes and skills that lead to increased employability within those countries. The program will not just expose participants to other like-minded youth, but it will also connect them to responsible leaders within their countries, which will also serve to increase their social capital.