Posted on October 08, 2013

Tunisian job seekers and young entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to jumpstart their careers and start their businesses with the new Tounes Ta3mal employability platform (http://www.tounesta3mal.com/).

Founded by Silatech and Microsoft, in partnership with Edupartage, a Tunisian social network dedicated to education and society, the Tounes Ta3mal platform provides youth with the necessary online resources to plan their careers, expand their learning, and search for internships and employment opportunities. It also helps young entrepreneurs access information on how to build their businesses, as well as to reach out to mentors and investors to grow their projects.

A valuable platform for Arab youth

Tounes Ta3mal is the latest country site to be added to Ta3mal, a regional employability platform founded by Silatech and Microsoft. Ta3mal provides Arab youth with free access to over 400 online courses to enhance their professional skills, personalized advice on how to write a CV, and career guidance tools to determine the career path that best matches their life aspirations. Job seekers will also be able to prepare for interviews and search for available internship opportunities and entry-level job openings available near them.

In addition to useful information and tips for creating their projects and obtain funding, young entrepreneurs can get virtual mentoring and entrepreneurship support services, including advice on how to create a business plan and market a business idea. Country portals for Ta3mal have now been launched in Egypt, Qatar, Iraq and Tunisia, with plans to expand to additional Arab countries in the future.

A well supported initiative

The Tounes Ta3mal initiative is supported by several stakeholders: The Ta3mal platform has been translated and adapted to the Tunisian context by its principal local partner Edupartage, and promoted in partnership with UTICA (Union Tunisienne de l'Industrie, du Commerce et de l'Artisanat), ATUGE (Association des Tunisiens des Grandes Ecoles), Mercy Corps and AIESEC.

These leading players will lend their know-how and expertise by developing youth training content, offering career and entrepreneurship mentorship, and providing access to large employment networks. Of particular note is the active participation of UTICA, with its network of 250,000 private sector employers.

Silatech Chief Programs Officer Martin Roeske says enthusiastically: “As in the case of the Najja7ni Jobs service, Tunisia is a pioneer in the use of technology to promote youth employment. This country has overseen the development and enhancement of a French version of Ta3mal that will benefit all countries in Francophone Africa.”

Mohamed Bridaa, General Manager of Microsoft Tunisia, adds: “Proud to support this initiative, Microsoft is aware that through the mutual efforts of our public, private and non-profit partners, this solution will meet the real needs of the Tunisian youth and contribute in a meaningful way in assisting them in their efforts, be it employment or entrepreneurship.”

Chamseddine Ouerdiane, President of Edupartage, mentions that his network is rolling out an action-packed program that will be implemented starting in October across the country. “Tounes Ta3mal Days” as well as a national competition for the best social entrepreneurship project will be organized in schools, universities, and career centers to promote the Tounes Ta3mal platform across inner regions of Tunisia, especially those most affected by unemployment.

Tounes Ta3mal will soon be directly connected to the popular Najja7ni mobile service started by Ooredoo affiliate Tunisiana to promote employability among young people by providing them with quick and easy access from their mobile phones to English language assessments, career guidance, and job opportunities. In June 2013, Najja7ni was awarded the Consumer Service Innovation Award at the 2013 Global Telecoms Awards held in London.

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