USAID Career Center

Students attend a workshop at USAID Career Center
Students attend a workshop at USAID Career Center
USAID Career Center

QUICK FACTS

  • Implementing Partners: 
    • Education for Employment
    • FHI360
    • Golden Resources
    • International Research and Exchanges Board
  • Host-Country Partners:
    • Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research
    • Office for Vocational Training and Job Promotion (OFPPT)
  • Project Duration: 2015 - 2020
  • Geographic Focus: Casablanca, Marrakech, and Tangier
  • Total USAID Funding: $24 million

CONTEXT

Young Moroccans constitute over 10 million of the 35 million total population and 80 percent of the unemployed in the country.

Surprisingly, unemployment rates rise sharply by educational attainment – ranging from just 4.7 percent for labor force participants with no education to over 23 percent for university graduates. While job growth cannot keep pace with youth entering the job market, many graduates also lack the ability to communicate effectively with employers and find jobs commensurate with their education. At the same time, employers complain of skills shortages and mismatches. Without career guidance in higher and vocational education institutions, youth lose the opportunity to make informed choices about career trajectories, with minimal prospects for advancement.

USAID RESPONSE

USAID Morocco has designed the USAID Career Center program to assist young people’s transition from education to employment. The Career Centers invest in all labor market actors, to provide youth with a better understanding of employment trends, demand for skills, and opportunities to connect with the private sector. The program uses communication and outreach to accelerate change and position the USAID Career Center as a platform and leading point of access for youth employability.

To date, all six physical Career Centers and a Virtual Career Center that have been launched. Each of the brick-and-mortar Career Centers provide students and vocational trainees with diagnostic tools to help them discover their potential; market information on viable career pathways; and provide work readiness training (soft skills + job search skills) and networking opportunities to network to prepare youth for a professional work environment. The Virtual Career Center (careercenter.ma) offers on-line services for young Moroccans that cannot visit the physical centers.

 

RESULTS TO DATE

  • Over 100,000 youth have benefitted from Career Center services.
  • 170 partnerships have been established with the private sector.
  • Over 620,000 visits to the   Virtual Career Center and more than 32,000 registered users.
  • 92 percent of employers are satisfied with youth employees recruited through Career Center.
  • Over 33,000 youth have received work readiness training.
  • Over 45,000 youth have joined the Virtual Career Center.
  • 63 percent of centers' operating costs are contributed by host institutions, which helps ensure program sustainability.

To learn more: www.careercenter.ma 

Last updated: June 25, 2018

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