Youth employment programme in Middle East and Africa
Enabling vulnerable young people to build a better future through hospitality training
young people supported
experience in Middle East and Africa
Youth unemployment in Middle East and Africa
Why we are doing this
The youth labour force in Middle East and Africa presents both a challenge and an opportunity for new and motivated talent.
Middle East and Africa accounts for some of the world’s highest youth unemployment rates, resulting in just under 19 million young people without work.1
Many countries in the region are expected to experience a rapid growth of young people entering the labour market over the next 10 years.2
Hospitality as a solution
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.
About this programme
Our youth employment programme works to support vulnerable young people to gain the skills and experience they need to access career opportunities within the expanding hotel industry and beyond.
What we are doing
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.
Who we are helping
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.
Where we work
Our youth employment programme is currently active in Kenya and Nigeria.
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.
Our supported projects in this region
We partner with non-profits, philanthropic organisations, governments and the private sector to scale the impact of our youth employment programme in specific communities and destinations.
ILO (2020), Global Employment Trends For Youth 2020, available from www.ilo.org
ILO (2017), Global Employment Trends For Youth 2017, available from www.ilo.org
UN (2015), Youth population trends and sustainable development, available from www.un.org
WTTC (2019), GCC, 2019 Annual Research: Key Highlights, available from www.wttc.org
Aggregate data from WTTC (2019), Africa, 2019 Annual Research: Key Highlights, available from www.wttc.org; WTTC (2019), GCC, 2019 Annual Research: Key Highlights, available from www.wttc.org
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