Bayt.com, a leading job site in the MENA region, launched a partnership with Education For Employment (EFE), a leading youth employment network, to support youth employment.

The partnership will enable youth trained by EFE to benefit from job market insights and opportunities generated by Bayt, and will provide employers with direct access to a pool of skilled, retainable EFE Alumni across the region.

“In this region, the single most pressing issue of our time is a very young population faced with the highest unemployment rate in the world. At Bayt, we have dedicated the past 16 years to connecting people with opportunities, and tackling the challenges that young people face when it comes to finding jobs”, said Rabea Ataya, founder and CEO of Bayt.com.

“This partnership will allow us to empower even more young people with the tools and information they need to build their lifestyle of choice”, he added.

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Drawing on their expertise and networks with employer and youth, EFE and Bayt will raise awareness of tangible steps that both sets of stakeholders can undertake to increase youth employment outcomes.

They will explore additional ways to collaborate to boost youth employment outcomes in the region.

“We believe when youth have the right skills and job opportunities, they can do more than transform their own lives: they can transform their communities and companies, too. This partnership will help employers tap into the dynamic pool of skilled, ready-to-work EFE Alumni, and to connect youth to the job market insights they need to make smart career decisions,” said Jasmine Nahhas di Florio, senior vice president for strategy and partnerships at EFE.

The partnership builds on the success of the Opportunity Café led by Starbucks Mena in collaboration with EFE and Bayt.com in April. The Opportunity Café initiative organized the region’s largest-ever CV writing workshop across 29 Starbucks stores to train youth and help them prepare for jobs, and produced youth employment insights through a survey of over 600 youth across the region.

Founded in 2000, Bayt is fully functional in English, Arabic and French, and operates from 12 regional offices in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Eastern Province, Jeddah, Manama, Muscat and Riyadh. More than 26 million professionals use Bayt’s recruitment platform, according to the company.

Bayt, which recorded 6.7 million visitors in September (source: similarweb.com), competes with, among others, Gulftalent.com, and Naukrigulf.com in the Middle East. Platforms, such as Jobzella.com and Wuzzuf.net are also gaining ground.

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