Jumpstarting Algerian Youth into the Job Market and Entrepreneurship
Have you ever started a new job and stepped into the workplace — perhaps an office, a shop, or a factory floor — and thought: “What do I do now? How should I act to fit in? What does my boss expect of me?
For young people entering the job market, this uncertainty is only magnified. One significant reason is that in many parts of the world there is a skills mismatch between what the average student is learning in school and what the job market requires.
What this means for Algerian high school and university students is that they need to be learning skills and receiving preparation for a smooth transition into the workplace.
Achieving this in Algeria is a particular priority, given that 70% of the population is under 30 years of age.
As part of its commitment to Algeria and to helping build local skills and capabilities, GE is partnering with Injaz El Djazair to provide Algerian youth with job training and exposure to cutting-edge GE technologies. Young people participating in the programs will be better prepared for their first jobs and might even be inspired to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.
GE employees will help lead several skills-training workshops run by Injaz El Djazair, an Algerian NGO that promotes workforce readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship among Algerian youth.
GE also will present cutting-edge technologies through its ongoing IDEA (Industry and Development of Entrepreneurship in Algeria) initiative, as well as through its GE Garages workshops, which highlight the opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC (computer numerical control) milling.
GE employees will participate in several of the organization’s signature programs, including its “Be Innovative Camp” and “Steer Your Career.” These two programs are ideal avenues for GE employees to share their own on-the-job experiences, as well as GE’s culture of leadership development, innovation, teamwork and commitment to customer delivery.
The Be Innovative Camp fosters interpersonal skills and problem-solving against tight deadlines, as well as leadership ability to solve problems in very tight deadlines. Furthermore, participants will also develop their leadership, analytical and teamwork skills.
The Steer Your Career workshops prepare young Algerians for the workplace by teaching them practical skills for dealing with workplace life, including time management, effective communication, team dynamics and job search techniques.
GE employees will help, in part by drawing on their own life lessons and giving examples of how these skills help in all types of workplace settings.
The GE employees also will share the company’s entrepreneurial spirit, heritage of innovation, leadership training and focus on new technologies in a program to encourage entrepreneurial ambitions in the Injaz El Djazair participants.
In fact, a 2013 International Labor Organization report on youth unemployment said that supporting youth entrepreneurship is one way to drive youth employment. The report says that entrepreneurship unleashes the economic potential of young people, offers greater independence, higher income potential and increased job satisfaction.
Since it began operating in Algeria 40 years ago, GE has supported job training and readiness, technical skills development, and management and leadership training for Algerians, through internal programs for GE employees, as well as external programs in sectors such as healthcare, power and water, and oil and gas.