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Tracer study: Skills Profiling Application in Egypt for refugees and host communities
Publication Date: 05 Apr 2022
Source: ILO

Communicating relevant skills and expertise to potential employers is the first step towards gainful employment for any job seeker. However, this can be particularly challenging for the refugee community since their training and educational qualifications often differ from that of the host country. Therefore, ILO PROSPECTS Egypt in collaboration with Skilllab, a social start-up based in the Netherlands, and the Association of Businessmen in Alexandria (ABA), piloted a skills-profiling application that enables refugees and host communities to self-assess and communicate their skills to potential employers.

The pilot study was conducted among 400 beneficiaries between 2020 and 2021. The tracer study was conducted three months after to collect direct feedback from the beneficiaries. Based on the findings of the tracer study, this brief provides insights and recommendations into key aspects of the usage and advantages of the profiling application and how it can be further improved in the future.

Opportunity scouting and mapping analysis of inclusive skills and lifelong learning strategies and policies in Egypt
Publication Date: 17 Nov 2021
Source: ILO
Egypt suffers from a lack of decent work opportunities and a high youth unemployment rate. The later results from a widespread skills mismatch and the lack of demand-oriented and inclusive skills strategies and education policies.

Given the changing World of Work, the ILO aims to support Egypt in developing lifelong learning (LLL) strategies which cater to the industry demands and are inclusive, timely and contribute to needs-oriented workforce development.

Within the framework of the ILO-PROSPECTS: Partnership for improving prospects for forcibly displaced persons and host communities, the ILO in Egypt is promoting employability skills, inclusive skills and LLL pathways.

This study undertaken as a part of the programme includes a mapping of LLL and inclusive skills opportunities and introduces three concrete implementation strategies to enhance LLL and inclusive skills development in Egypt. These are,

1. systems to forecast skills needs;

2. strategies that allow persons with disabilities to access continuing training on an equal standing;

3. strategies for continuing education in specific fields such as new technologies (for example artificial intelligence, automation), IT, competencies of unskilled workers, skills for green jobs, including for women in particular.

These scenarios or project ideas outline possible donors and private sector buy-in and as a recommendation for the ILO’s future applications.
Call for Expression of Interest in professional training in Career Guidance
Publication Date: 06 Oct 2021
Source: Academic institutions-University of Malta

On-line, part-time Master in Lifelong Career Guidance specifically for the MENA region


Career guidance (or ‘vocational guidance’) has been adopted in several countries in the world because it:

  • helps young people and adults choose their educational and employment pathways more wisely;
  • leads to appropriate choices that ensure more motivated students and more productive and satisfied workers;
  • facilitates a better match between the demand and supply of skills.


Career guidance services are greatly needed in the MENA region. They can be part of the strategy to address the twin challenge of high youth and adult unemployment on the one hand, and skills gaps on the other. They can also foster social inclusion through giving access to a livelihood.


The University of Malta – with the expert support of the European Training Foundation (ETF), the International Labour Organization (ILO), and the UNESCO-UNITWIN Network – has issued a Call for the Expression of Interest for those who would like to receive professional training in career guidance.


The Master course is designed in such a way as to

  • take into account the economic, labour market, educational and cultural realities of the MENA region;
  • provide participants with the interdisciplinary theoretical background and practical experience needed in order to design, deliver, and evaluate lifelong career guidance services;
  • promote regional expertise in policy development, systems-building, and practitioner competence. 


Individuals as well as public and private entities interested in the Masters can



Scholarships, in the form of partial fee waivers, are being offered by the University of Malta to deserving applicants.