The youth labour force in Middle East and Africa presents both a challenge and an opportunity for new and motivated talent.
In 2018, the travel and tourism industry contributed 9.5% to GDP in Gulf Cooperation Council countries3 and grew by 5.6% in Africa, significantly above the African economy growth rate of 3.2%.4 Over the next 10 years, the industry across Middle East and Africa is expected to see an increase of over 10 million jobs.5
The increasing youth population in this region has an enormous potential to help drive economic growth. This growing industry can offer the opportunity for young people from every background to start a rewarding and lifelong career.
We have been delivering our youth employment programme in Middle East and Africa since 2005, with the programme first launching in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Our industry-endorsed programme combines classroom training with hands-on experience within a world-leading hotel.
Over the last 15 years we have run successful programmes in seven countries across the region, supporting nearly 500 students to gain the skills they need to access meaningful employment within the hospitality industry and other sectors.
The programme currently operates in two countries across the region.
Our programmes in this region support young people, aged 18-24, who have faced a wide range of barriers, including people from low income families, living without parental care, and those who may have experienced forms of exploitation, discrimination, violence.
We are also working to support people with disabilities through our Inclusive Futures project and encourage increased disability inclusion among the hospitality industry.
Through strategic partnerships with funders and non-profits, we are currently working to grow our programme and deepen our impact in these countries.
Please get in touch to support our programme in any of the above countries, or to discuss other destinations.
Promoting disability inclusion so everyone has the same opportunities to claim their right to work.
Our programmes are helping young people, including survivors of human trafficking, in the Asia Pacific region.
We have previously supported vulnerable young people in Latin America.
We are seeking partnerships with funders and non-profits to increase the impact of this programme in Middle East and Africa and across the world.