YCI Country Information
The first group of YCI participants in Egypt graduated from a pilot programme at the Marriott Cairo Hotel in 2009, where five young people from disadvantaged backgrounds learned a range of skills through a mix of theoretical and practical training.
INJAZ Egypt, a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide, is YCI’s local partner, assisting with the identification and recruitment of suitable students and providing further support in the delivery of the training, whilst monitoring the progress of the participants during the programme. The programme is currently set to expand in Cairo by engaging four top properties from different hotel companies including Fairmont, Four Seasons, Marriott and Starwood.
Egypt has faced many challenges since the Arab Spring. One of these challenges is the continuing degradation of its economy where as of 2012, 30% of the youth population remain unemployed. This is a very dangerous situation considering that, in 2011 the youth (under 30) make up 60% of the population. Also of serious concern is the shift in market labour demands since the Arab spring is leaving many graduates in a gap with mismatching skill-sets.
Egypt clearly depends on its tourism because it employs over 1.3 million of its people and based on 2011 statistics, produces 14.8% of GDP. It is important for the country to utilise its tourism sector by developing related vocational courses to match the demands of the labour market. so its youth can stand ready to work in such an important industry. According to official data for 2010, 17.6% of people were registered in vocational training.