CEOSS works in urban and rural areas of Cairo, Minia, Beni Sueif and Qalyoubia governorates with around 160 CBOs; and is experienced in implementing economic development projects with around 12,000 beneficiaries; where CEOSS’ local development unit adopts an economic development program that focuses on employment based vocational and administrative trainings; income generation initiatives; and IT based employment methods. CEOSS is currently implementing a project for youth employment, in cooperation with Hands Along the Nile and funded by USAID.
Among its interventions is the establishment of the Beehive Egypt, a web-based portal created through CEOSS, which addresses issues related to financial management, income generation, career development and other community issues related to health, agriculture, environment and education. It is also a portal for the exchange of information and experience available for civil society organizations. It focuses on jobs, entrepreneurship and economic activity. In order to link individuals with economic opportunities, the Beehive connects residents with local employment opportunities, educates citizens on best practices for job searches and equips local small business owners and entrepreneurs with contextualized information on microenterprise development and finance. Beehive Egypt is ranked the third of 12 Beehives around the world in terms of visitors (675,000 to date) , please visit Egypt.thebeehive.org
Also the Souqtel system has been established, in order to link job-seekers with potential employers, while at the same time using a favorite, powerful and cost effective communication tool – mobile phone technology. Souktel is a model that allows job seekers and employers to post and search for jobs on a two-way SMS text based platform. The system charges users a small premium for each message and also charges employers to advertise jobs, therefore offering a self-sustaining model for job-matching services. The system is particularly effective in areas where the majority of job seekers lack consistent access to internet job portals, instead, cell phones are widely used. A database including the data of 10,000 youth and 500 companies/institutions serves as a resource for both job seekers and providers and helps promote the employability of youth.Registration can be via cell phone on 6062 or via jobsegypt.mysouktel.com
The milestones representing the several phases that have been achieved can be summarized as follows:
- Vocational and administrative training: through organizing youth in groups to be trained by private trainers in some vocations or administrative skills; where small numbers of youth managed to get job opportunities after being trained.
- On job trainings: where youth are sent to receive vocational trainings inside the workshops as well as acquire the techniques of dealing with customers. The workshop owners then employ the trainees after accomplishing their trainings; being sure of the good skills they acquired as well as their sense of belonging to the workshops.
- Employment: Youth are being trained on various skills, then searching for jobs takes place (institutions/companies), where job seeking youth are being linked to job owners.
- Technology based employment: Youth are being trained on various skills and are empowered to access job providing companies through technology systems (Beehive and Souq Tel) to link between job providers and seekers.