Moroccan Youth Gain Job Skills

Through our partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), nearly 200 young Moroccan men and women from the southern Moroccan cities of Dakhla and Laayoune enhanced their employment prospects through our Skills for Success® program. Sixty-nine of these graduates had secured employment or internships by the time they completed their training in October.

Amideast’s Skills for Success program is designed to strengthen the employment prospects of recent graduates by improving their proficiency in workplace English and equipping them with personal and professional skills that facilitate their entry to the job market. In addition to 120 hours of English language instruction and training in computer/IT and professional skills, the program includes a transition-to-work component of supplemental English training, TOEIC test preparation, entrepreneurship awareness, or internships.

As with most of Amideast’s employability skills training programs, a Pay-it-Forward component required participants to deliver their own community-based workshops drawing on their personal development insights gained in the program. Approximately 1,300 additional women and youth were reached through these workshops through October.

The program is embarking on a second year, with the goal of training 300 more youth. Training has already started for 160 new participants from five towns in the south. Amideast looks forward to expanding local partnerships and placing more youth in employment through MEPI’s support.

To learn more, check out our videos of the graduation ceremonies in October in Laayoune and Dakhla.