Priority area Sustainable Economic Development Needs-based training for young people

One important area of Egyptian-German cooperation is vocational training and youth employment. Each year sees more than 800,000 young Egyptians newly entering the labour market. However, a large proportion of them fail to find suitable work. At the same time many businesses are complaining that they cannot find suitable applicants for vacant positions. This is an issue affecting the non-academic labour market in particular.

Apprentice at the Leoni Company in Cairo

Apprentice at the Leoni Company in Cairo

Apprentice at the Leoni Company in Cairo

German-Egyptian training initiative

In October 2018, Germany and Egypt signed a declaration of intent on setting up a comprehensive training initiative. The idea is to provide young people with the practical and theoretical knowledge they need so that they can be successfully integrated into the labour market.

Based on cooperation activities to date, support is being provided for vocational education and training in a dual system and the private sector will be involved more extensively in providing needs-based training for young people. There is a special emphasis on quality management and on basic and further training for teachers. Measures that Germany is supporting include the building of vocational training schools and the setting-up of an academy and of regional training facilities for teachers in the field of vocational education. In this context, cooperation with German businesses is also being expanded.

Furthermore, in recent years, job placement agencies have been set up with German support. They register vacancies, identify suitable job seekers and help match them up. Other activities revolve around developing careers advice services for young people, drawing up new job profiles, for instance in industries that are relevant to the environment, and fostering start-ups in sectors with a promising future.

Empowering women

All projects in this field include measures to empower women, either as female entrepreneurs or as female members of the workforce. There is also one project that specifically addresses the social, cultural and business environment with a view to fostering the economic empowerment of women. Education campaigns call traditional role models into question and mentoring programmes help women form networks. Furthermore, industry federations and enterprises are being advised on how to make jobs more family-friendly.