“I have heard about the implementation of a project in Abu El Seoud CBO, I filled out an application form and I was not confident that filling a form on the street may help in finding job or providing a training opportunity.”
Karim Ibrahim Ahmed, living in Dar El Salam district in Cairo, graduated from the Institute of Military Production in 2012. He couldn’t find a job because he didn’t have the skills that quilfy him for the job market.
Karim submitted the application form to Abu El Seoud CBO, one of CEOSS partner organizations in the framework of “Employment through Technology and Innovation, ETI” project that is part of the Economic Development Program that has been running by CEOSS in 10 communities in Cairo, Qalyoubeya, Minia and Beni-Suef. This project seeks to provide career opportunities to youth in poor areas in these governorates, using communication and information technology, through providing training, technical support and networking with employers and job seekers especially youth aging 18 to 30 years old.
After two months, the CBO called Karim for an interview with CEOSS staff and the project officer in the CBO to know more about Karim, his skills and competencies that can be enhanced to qualify him for the job market.
After few days, the training started covering 3 main topics: using computer and its applications, business administrations skills and human development. Karim said: “The training was very beneficial because its topics were carefully selected to equipe us with the skills required in the job market and enhance our skills as trainers”
After the training was over, Karim trained a group of 20 young males and females and plans to train more groups due to his “belief in the importance of this project to transform lives of youth of my neighborhood specifically and young Egyptians generally”.
It is worth mentioning that CEOSS Economic development program aims at training and rehabilitation of 30 young males and females on interpersonal skills to be able to train other 1200 young people and transfer their knowledge to others. It also aims at providing internship and job opportunities to 24,000 young males and females in the targeted communities.
The project also includes designing and running a website “Beehieve” to spread cultural and educational information as well as best practices on the following link www.egypt.thebeehive.org.
This project is implemented in cooperation with USAID, HANDS and other local partner CBOs.