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Current projects

  • Skills in Business - An SME Programme supporting Economic Inclusion through tailor-made Work-Based Learning Solutions:  This EBRD project covers business development for SMEs in receipt of EBRD loans in Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia. The focus is economic inclusion for youth and there are three components; support for 10 businesses; best practice support and training for local consultants; guidance for loan advisors.
  • Establishing a new training facility at City Centre Almaza targeting young people and people with disabilities. Phase 2: Operationalising a sustainable model:  Supporting the client in establishing the new training facility and placing it on a sustainable footing. The initial phase (Phase 1) fulfilled an assessment of the market needs; defined an operable business model; and co-ordinated a study tour to Abdali Mall in Amman, Jordan, that was previously supported under a similar programme - www.abdalimall.com.  The present work-stage (Phase 2) builds on the outcomes of Phase 1 to operationalise the ARTC and establish the grounds for its sustainable functioning into the future. 
  • Skills for Prosperity programme – previously ‘Global Britain Education and Skills Hub’:  The Skills for Prosperity programme aims to ‘increase capacity for inclusive economic growth due to more productive and equitable skills sectors improving employability, employment opportunities and the earning potential of beneficiaries.’ It seeks to improve the affordability, quality, relevance and equity of Higher Education and TVET in Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines and South Africa.
  • Advisory Services in Uganda to the T&H Sector: Operational capacity support service to the Uganda Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skills Council in the development of a framework and products for income generation and funding along with capacity development for digital tools
  • VET Toolbox Malawi: To support the Ministry of Labour to build the capacity of artisans in the informal sector to address identified skills gaps and improve productivity


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Case studies


"The Mall of Arabia was very keen to run the Five Star Service Programme and remind staff of the importance of proper customer service and its return to their businesses, there is great interest from tenants to send their staff to training that’s being operated by the Mall, especially when its customised and localised for the Mall itself. We had some good feedback from store owners and HR managers about the impact of the training on the staff and we have also been receiving positive feedback from mall visitors."
Zeina Abdel Azim, Customer Experience Manager

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“ARTC sums up a huge achievement and an important milestone in EBRD’s work on youth and disability inclusion in Egypt. Through Majid Al Futtaim’s vision we were able to build the ambitious and truly exciting Recruitment and Training Centre that EBRD is incredibly proud of. We warmly congratulate People 1st International, Education for Employment Egypt and the HELM Foundation on reaching this important milestone and look forward to following the ARTC story closely in the months and years ahead.” 

Marko Stermšek | Associate, Inclusion Specialist Department of Economics, Policy and Governance, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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"The most useful about this VET Toolbox is how to create unit specifications, it should also be extended to more people to have the training."

"It has built my capacity to develop good CBT curriculum and the development of learning materials
based on COTVET standards."

Project beneficiaries

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“I can say that we have come even closer to making the Tourism Sector Skills Council in Uganda operational. Thanks to the support of the VET Toolbox, we have organised a 3-day training to make an action plan and support the continuous establishment of a secretariat to handle the day-to-day business of the Tourism and Hospitality Sector Skills Council. Representatives from the private sector, ministries, trade unions, civil society organisations and VET trainers working in the sector of tourism and hospitality participated in that workshop hosted by Enabel with support of British Council, both implementing partners of the VET Toolbox. This is a very important step in building sustainability for the future in the tourism sector in Uganda.”

Herbert Byaruhanga, Chairperson of the Tourism Sector Skills Council in Uganda

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"After a few years, the Ugandan government realised that skills development in the tourism sector should be a priority as it brings a lot of income to Uganda and has the potential to create many jobs. This is a very important step in building sustainability for the future in the tourism sector in Uganda."

Hebert Byaruhanga, Chairman of the Tourism Sector Skills Council in Uganda

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