“There is tremendous potential in the ICT sector, but often new graduates don’t have the skills that companies are looking for,” said Abed Shamlawi, Int@j CEO. “This partnership with IFC will help ensure that graduates are prepared to embark on careers in the field.”
The effort is part of IFC’s E4E Initiative for Arab Youth, which is designed to improve the employability of young people across the Middle East and North Africa.
“Youth unemployment in Jordan - and the wider region - is high because many young people lack the skills necessary to succeed in the job market,” said Ahmed Attiga, IFC Country Manager in Jordan. “By providing them with practical, international-
The E4E Initiative for Arab Youth is a joint effort by IFC and the Islamic Development Bank. The program aims to develop a common approach to working with the private sector to enhance education and training options and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth in the Middle East and North Africa. The region has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world, estimated at over 25%, which costs the region’s economies up to $50 billion annually, according to estimates.