Education For Employment


EFE focuses its efforts in a particular region, as despite its great potential, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is one of the hardest places on the planet for youth to get their first job – they are three times more likely to be unemployed than older adults, mainly due to a mismatch between their skills and the labor market needs.

History of Education For Employment

EFE, short for Fundación Educación para el Empleo (EFE-Europe), based in Madrid, Spain, was established in 2006 as the European hub of Education For Employment (EFE,, the leading youth education and employment network that trains youth and links them to jobs across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Education For Employment’s vision is based on the principle that when youth have the hope and dignity of employment, they can reshape their future. As the European hub of the EFE Network, EFE-Europe creates economic opportunities for young people by supporting workforce development programs in Algeria through local consultants, and in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen through locally-established Affiliates.


Education For Employment

EFE believes that talent is universal, but opportunities are not. Their mission is to empower youth with demand-driven skills that lead to employment, dignity and hope for themselves, their families and their communities. Concretely, Fundación Educación para el Empleo aims to support the establishment of educational programs that generate jobs for young people, and foment economic development through education for employment, entrepreneurship and skills development programs.

Across the region, employers report difficulties in finding talents to fill vacancies, in particular since the COVID-19 pandemic and the fast-changing world of work. An inadequately educated workforce is one of the most problematic factors for doing business in the region, and the 3,700+ employers partnering with EFE speak of a lack of employability, digital, soft and technical skills as the main obstacle to filling available positions. This skills’ gap has been widening since the COVID-19 pandemic onset, increasing the need to skill and re-skill job seekers.


Think Human Foundation & Education For Employment

The partnership between Education For Employment and Think Human Foundation first started through contacts between Ms. Mary Bonneaud Lagarde, Managing Director of Think Human Foundation, and Ms. Ana Martiningui, CEO of EFE-Europe. Contacts were then established between local EFE teams in Morocco and Algeria and Webhelp’s game-changers, who became the project’s ambassadors.

EFE is thrilled to partner with Think Human Foundation and count on the invaluable support of its team, and in

particular Ms. Scheherazade Verelle De Boni and Mr. Mohamed Tazir, Webhelp’s ambassadors with whom we work side by side to implement this project to benefit 800 vulnerable youth in Morocco and Algeria.

Concretely, the project aims to directly improve the livelihoods of 500 vulnerable, underprivileged Moroccan and 300 Algerian youth aged 18-35 (>50% women) through innovative digital, employability, and social and emotional skills trainings linked to increased market access and career-launching jobs in high-demand sectors.

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