First Category Prize 2015:
For projects by UN, international and regional organizations.
|Prize Subject:||Programming for the future (TfF).(Selected winner from 6 projects).|
|Prize Amount:||US$ 200,000|
|Implemented by:||Education for Employment (EFE) http://efe.org/|
|Prize subject:||Innovative projects in support of the developing countries’ programs & polices to alleviate unemployment among youth.|
|Nominated By:||The Rockefeller Foundation|
|Beneficiary Country:||Morocco, as well as in South Africa, Spain, Brazil and Argentina|
Education for Employment (EFE) is an affiliated network of non-profit organizations governed by the international organization “EFE-Global.” Its mission is to create job opportunities for unemployed youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through comprehensive interventions whose success is measured by job outcomes, not just training provided, but to empower youth with the skills and opportunities they need to build careers that create a better future for themselves, their communities and the world.
The Programming for the future (TfF) was conceived when EFE saw an opportunity to meet rising demand in Morocco’s growing technology sector, and co-designed with Accenture an innovative approach that better linked supply and demand in a growing technology sector suffering from a talent and skills mismatch. The PfF project also caught the attention with its transferability and adaptability – it was scaled up to include South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, and Spain.
The principal objectives of the project were: to increase access to market-driven life and advanced programming skills training for disadvantaged youth; increase the capacity building of training institutions to deliver high quality market driven IT training service for young people in their communities; and develop strategies and local, national and international alliances to scale youth employability IT training models and practices.
The project was implemented as a pilot project, and it was already planned that it would not end after its pilot year, but would rather pave the way for future projects in the pilot countries as well as in other countries. The demand-driven approach was applied and its impact was measured by job placement and not only in training numbers alone. This was made possible through partnership with companies that provided commitments to hire graduates through joint selection process and training that filled the skills gap encountered by the employers.
The project used a multi-faceted approach that works with the private sector before, during and after training. This step was critical as it created opportunities for many youth who otherwise might never have access to employment opportunities at these companies due to their disadvantaged background. Training was not only on vocational skills but taught young people to take ownership of their career and the opportunity to have a better future. It is therefore obvious that the project is relevant to AGFUND mission, values and objectives