Ten students from Upper Egypt were awarded start-up funds for their innovative business ideas at a ceremony today at Eneiba Agriculture Technical School (ATS) in Aswan governorate. The entrepreneur competition was sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Agriculture, and local firm Blue Moon, Ltd.
Aswan – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, celebrated the launch of the career development center at Eneiba Agriculture Technical School (ATS) in Aswan governorate. This center will provide opportunities for ATS graduates to intern and work at agriculture cooperatives and associations, as well as commercial farms, packhouses, and processing units.
“We believe that technical education is an important step on the path to employment for youth,” said Dr. Anne Patterson, USAID Deputy Director in Egypt. “This career center will provide the essential tools needed to enhance the employability of Eneiba ATS graduates.”
USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) project will offer technical support to business service providers, entrepreneurs, and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to help develop new business ideas, strengthen essential business development services, introduce new financial tools, and enhance financial literacy and management. SEED will also focus on improving access to essential financing, information, and technology; reducing bureaucratic procedures; addressing policies that impact ease of doing business; and expanding and improving public one-stop shops responsible for business registration and licensing.
Through the Workforce Improvement and Skills Enhancement (WISE) project, USAID will improve technical secondary education to meet the needs of the job market, benefiting vocational school students and teachers as well as the private sector. The project will establish partnerships between businesses and technical schools in order to understand skills needed for employment – reducing the current skills mismatch, creating a pool of qualified candidates, and linking students with jobs. WISE will also improve the performance of the private sector through in-house training and improved human resource strategies that reduce staff turnover. It will seek to build the capacity of business associations to advocate for policy and regulatory reforms related to labor market efficiency.
Egyptian and U.S. officials launched today the $57 million Higher Education Program (HEPP), a key component of the flagship $250 million Higher Education Initiative (HEI) that the two countries announced in April 2015. The U.S. government-funded program will award up to 15 partnership grants, each for three years, with at least half of the grant funding reserved for Egyptian institutions of higher learning.
Last updated: February 24, 2017