Skills for Success®

Skills for Success® is an employability skills training program developed by AMIDEAST to improve the job entry prospects for high school and university graduates seeking to enter and succeed in the competitive job markets of the Middle East and North Africa.

The initiative addresses the skills mismatch that underlies the high rates of youth unemployment in the MENA region. It also seeks to foster global communication and contribute to the region's economic development.  

Program Goals

  • Equip recent graduates and entry-level professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the global business environment.
  • Contribute significantly to an individual’s successful job placement and effective participation in today’s global workforce.
  • Address the challenge of economic empowerment facing women and underserved youth in the MENA region.

Working with Partners

As a scalable, customizable training program, it allows us to work with international and regional partners in support of mutually shared goals of expanding opportunities for youth and advancing economic development in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Past Skills for Success Programs

Skills for Success was piloted in Egypt during 2012 with funding from the Boeing Company and the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. Programs since than have benefited more than 900 recent graduates in Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia, including:

  • Skills for Success-Employability Skills for Arab Women, offered through the endorsement of the Union for the Mediterranean to benefit unemployed young female graduates in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, in 2015-16
  • Women@Work, funded by the International Labor Organization (ILO), targeting 200 unemployed Egyptian women graduates of public universities, in 2015-16
  • Skills for Success-Empoloyability and Entrepreneurship, with funding from Citi Foundation and Asfari Foundation, benefiting youth in Lebanon in 2018
  • Skills for Success®—College Readiness Program, funded by Boeing Company, benefiting underserved high school students in Kuwait