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Milwaukee, U.S.A. — Manpower Group, the a leader in workforce solutions, will serve as a trusted advisor on developing work-ready competencies in individuals through an official alliance with INJAZ al-Arab, a Junior Achievement Worldwide member which works with corporate and government authorities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in transforming youth into business leaders.
According to a Memorandum of Understanding signed at the recent World Economic Forum on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012, Manpower Group will advise INJAZ al-Arab on entrepreneurship training for Arab youth to be provided via an online portal and also help create a think tank that will identify policy and future training designed to up-skill youth as entrepreneurs.
E-learning that leverages Manpower Group’s expertise on skills development will give more youth access to the competencies training needed to secure work or create new businesses, which in part help create the jobs needed in this region. And as a social network, the online portal will connect youth with each other, mentors and potential sources of capital – to combat youth exclusion in the Arab world.
“Youth unemployment and underemployment are creating an underclass of unskilled, unprepared youth,” said David Arkless, Manpower Group President of Corporate and Government Affairs. “Entrepreneurial training does more than just mobilize future potential business owners. It builds leadership and networking skills that can be applied across the business world – enabling young people to more effectively launch and sustain careers.”
Not all youth exposed to the training will incubate companies. But all youth need to be work-ready to compete in today’s increasingly competitive Human Age economy. This training platform will also improve academic motivation and an understanding of how individuals drive business success.
“Aligning ourselves with a global leader like Manpower Group is a tremendous milestone in the quest to promote youth entrepreneurship in the Arab world,” said Soraya Salti, INJAZ al-Arab Regional Director and Junior Achievement Senior Vice President, MENA. “Our combined efforts will help empower a new generation of Arab youth to redefine the Arab world of today and shape the Arab world of tomorrow.”
According to the International Labour Organization, the youth unemployment rate in North Africa is 23.6 percent and in the Middle East it is 21.1 percent.
ManpowerGroup recently published the Insight paper: “Wanted: Energized, Career-Driven Youth” to detail how businesses can partner with educators and government authorities unleash the potential of today’s youth.
The paper, which draws on ManpowerGroup’s 60-years of experience of working with organizations committed to advancing the skills of youth, can be found here: http://www.manpowergroup.com/research/research.cfm