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Staffing firm ManpowerGroup said yesterday it will serve as an advisor on developing work-ready competencies in young people through an official alliance with INJAZ al-Arab, a Junior Achievement Worldwide member which works with corporate and government authorities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in transforming youth into business leaders.
ManpowerGroup will advise INJAZ al-Arab on entrepreneurship training for young people in Arab countries via an online portal and also help to create a think tank that will identify policy and future training.
“Youth unemployment and underemployment are creating an underclass of unskilled, unprepared youth,” said David Arkless, ManpowerGroup President of Corporate and Government Affairs.
Youth unemployment in North Africa is 23.6% and 21.1% in the Middle East, according to the International Labour Organization.
Mr Arkless said “Entrepreneurial training does more than just mobilize future potential business owners. It builds leadership and networking skills that can be applied across the business world — enabling young people to more effectively launch and sustain careers.”
INJAZ al-Arab commented that these combined efforts will “empower” a new generation of young people in the region.