EPP Factsheet


Title: Employment Promotion Project

Commissioned by: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Lead partner: Ministry of Education (MoE)

Overall term: 01.01.2016 – 30.06.2020


Six years after the onset of the Arab upheavals, Egypt is still undergoing a socio-economic crisis, characterised by high unemployment rates, especially among youth. Young people have hardly any access to employment services and labour market programmes to be integrated in the labour market. The technical education system does not respond to the labour market needs. Therefore technical education students and unemployed youth are inadequately prepared for the demands of the labour market.


Technical and vocational education students and unemployed youth are better prepared for the demands of the labour market.

Our approach

The project supports the Egyptian government to prepare Egyptian youth for the demands of the labour market, to promote sustainable employment and income as well as economic and social participation.

This includes developing a quality management system for technical secondary schools, facilitating a national policy dialogue on youth employment promotion, and providing decentral labour market information. Further activities are career guidance, entrepreneurship education and placement services for students and graduates of technical education. The activities enhance evidence-based policy making in technical education.


Several units of the Ministry of Education and Technical Education have been supported to enhance capacities of the technical education sector in evidence-based policy making. A particular focus is on the establishment of a quality monitoring system to allow for better assessment of technical education.

A national policy dialogue on youth employment and technical education has been established and brings together decision makers from government, private sector and civil society.

Regional Labour Market Observatories (RLMOs) have been established, providing decentral labour market information, thus informing decision makers to shape local employment and education policies. Active labour market programmes (ALMPs) are being implemented as a result of the provided analysis.

Career guidance has been established in 140 Technical Secondary Schools, providing youth with crucial skills and competences to plan their careers and enter the labour market. In 20 Governorates 450 teachers have been trained to deliver career guidance to over 25.000 students. Entrepreneurship education has been adopted in 5 schools in Aswan Governorate and 8 schools in Kafr El-Sheikh Governorate.