Bridging the gap between Youth and the Private Sector

Jul 1, 2013

Job placement approach to stimulate rapid employment
"Lack of employment and prospect for the youth have been at the basis of the so called Arab spring. Without addressing this priority, any political transition risks being unsustainable. This is why UNDP supports national partners in fostering youth as the engine of the transition”, highlights Gustavo Gonzalez, UNDP Senior Country Director.

The UNDP Youth Economic Empowerment Project (YEEP) intervenes at a critical period for the country, as peace remains fragile and expectations are high for economic recovery. Key factor for job creation is a strong alliance building with the private sector. The job placement approach aims at bridging the gap between Youth’s needs of employment and the private sector in Yemen.

YEEP has build solid partnerships with national companies, mainly SME's. The project starts any job placement with a needs-identification in the companies. Both the Chamber of Commerce and the "Yemeni Businessmen Club" have circulated questionnaires developed by the project, to their members, identifying the companie's training and recruitment needs. Demand-driven training courses are consequently being implemented, mainly through "Business Edge" and "Workplace Success" but also tailor-made skills development, through the project's national implementingpartner Yemen Education for Employment who disposes of a vast database of unemployed youth. After the first three month of the pilot program, 351 youth have been placed, and 400 are currently being enrolled in 3 Governorates.

Through this project, participating private sector companies see that engaging with youth contributes to creating peace dividends more broadly, while improving their business success.

YEEP is implemented under the umbrella of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation with financial support provided by the governments of Japan and South Korea.

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