Improving Youth Employment Training in Egypt

In Egypt, 3.5 million youth are unemployed. Evidence shows that a substantial part of this problem is a mismatch between young workers and employers. This project aims to improve our understanding of the contribution of job fairs in the labor market behavior of jobseekers, how job fairs can be improved to ensure higher attendance and better job matching, and if information frictions regarding job fairs and the labor market, as well as capital constraints negatively affect the job search behavior and outcomes.

Education for Employment (EFE'Egypt) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) will lead the project. The research will investigate how to recruit young workers for training programs most effectively, and how to design an employment-driven training model that responds to employers' skills demands. Researchers will also explore how to change employer beliefs that underprivileged youth do not have suitable skills. Similarly, they will look at how to influence perceptions among uninformed youth about employer skills demands and market returns.

Project ID

107999

Project status

Active

Duration

48 months

IDRC Officer

Flaubert Mbiekop

Total funding

CA$ 942,900

Countries

Egypt

Program

Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Theo Wilson

Institution

Education for Employment Egypt

Institution Country

Egypt

Institution Website

http://www.efeegypt.org

Project Leader

Dr. Mohamed El Komi

Institution

The American University in Cairo

Institution Country

Egypt

Institution Website

http://www.aucegypt.edu/