Upskilling & Career Readiness


Navigating the fast-paced reality of current and future economies can be daunting. Often, the mismatch of skills that fresh graduates and young employees possess, and the demands of the job market, prevent youth from making meaningful and productive employment transitions. Leveraging new and existing partnerships with academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector,

AGFE works to design and implement upskilling programs that are market-driven and future-facing. Through this program, AGFE seeks to create learning opportunities for young people who are attempting to enter higher education or the job market, training opportunities for those currently employed but lacking marketable skills, and reskilling opportunities for those looking to make career shifts for improved livelihoods.

AGFE’s education to employment programming is guided by three areas of focus

  • Career and
    University Readiness

    Raise the awareness and exposure of youth to higher education and career opportunities through innovative and technology-driven approaches to information delivery and skill development.

  • Upskilling and
    future skills

    Bridge the skills gaps and support institutions across the region to provide accredited, industry- recognized certifications to create better skilled and competitive candidates for the job market.

  • Workplace

    Engage the corporate sector to provide youth with on-the-job experiences such as internships, mentorships and apprenticeships, while also giving youth the opportunity to apply the soft skills they have gained in a real-world environment.

AGFE collaborates with strategic, local and international partners to make sure students are career and university ready, provides upskilling and work place learning opportunities.

Al Ghurair Young Thinkers Program (YTP)

Launched in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) in 2018, YTP is a digital platform designed to support Emirati and Arab youth between the ages of 15 and 35 develop the skills they need to succeed in educational opportunities and in the workplace.

The program’s bespoke components include a career assessment tool, a library of over 25 soft skill development courses, and advising services to help youth make well-informed education and employment decisions. In less than three years since its inception, the free-of-charge, bilingual program has attracted over 37,000 users from across the Arab region. Click here to find out how the program serves youth in their education to employment journey.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Innovation Leadership Bootcamp

The first of its kind in the region, the MIT Innovation Leadership Bootcamp was launched in collaboration with United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The 10-week intensive program brought together 120 Emirati and Arab youth, supported by 15 MIT coaches, to create innovative solutions to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the Arab region. The challenge was in line with the 100 Million Stars initiative launched by UAEU. The budding entrepreneurs participated in a blend of virtual learning sessions and onsite team meetups, as well as online, expert-led sessions highlighting employment challenges, labor market dynamics and entrepreneurship ecosystems using region-specific scenarios. Winning projects will be incubated at UAEU’s Science and Innovation Park and showcased in the UAEU Pavillion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

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U.S. University Readiness Program (UURP)

The UURP is a multi stakeholder collaboration between AGFE, the UAE Ministry of Education, AMIDEAST and the U.S. Mission to the UAE. The university-geared upskilling program develops the skills of over 100 Emirati high school students from schools across the UAE to navigate the admission process of higher education institutions in the United States.

As part of the collaboration, students take part in an interactive and engaging after-school enrichment program fostering English language competencies and developing communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed to strengthen their prospects of acceptance into U.S. universities. Counsellors from these schools will also be exposed to up-to-date career counselling skills and methods, with the aim of supporting students applying to universities.

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