The persistent skill gaps in Egypt’s workforce constitute one of the main operational challenges and a prime bottleneck for ongoing growth and development of the property and tourism sector in Egypt. These skills gaps primarily result from the absence of systems that match between supply and demand for skills in the labour market, limited opportunities for quality on-the-job trainings for students and young graduates and a lack of appropriate resources as well as equipment in and management of certain education providers. This applies to technical training as well as soft skills, across relevant occupations such as food and beverage (f&b), housekeeping, hotel management and stewards, tour guides and destination management, retail and entertainment hospitality, and sustainable property services (maintenance, engineering and construction). The untapped human capital potential of the tourism sector in Egypt concerns more than three million people and represents 12% of the GDP.
In order to respond to these challenges the Bank is considering a new framework of investments, introducing an integrated inclusive approach to tourism and property development in the country to maximise transition impact on a broader scale and address complex demographic challenges. The framework will leverage the large job creation potential of the tourism and property sectors and the momentum of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) reform in Egypt as well as the strategic priorities of the National Tourism Strategy and related Human Development Plan to be implemented.
In this context and to address the persistent skills challenges in the sector, the Bank has entered into a Partnership Agreement with the Sawiris Foundation (“SFSD”) whose core mandate is skills development and youth economic inclusion focusing on youth in underserved regions such as Upper Egypt.
The partnership seeks to support expansion of high quality training through the expansion of the Gouna Hospitality School (“GHS”), a high quality hospitality school and dual learning institute, located in El Gouna in the Red Sea Governorate in Upper Egypt – a prime tourist destination. The school was established in 2002 and is currently owned by the Sawiris Foundation. The school offers 3-year diplomas in kitchen, service and housekeeping, and is currently the only school in the North Africa region, and one out of four schools outside Germany worldwide, offering dual learning diplomas in line with the highest certifiable dual learning standards. The GHS is currently collaborating with 15 hotels offering dual learning opportunities to 200 students per year. In addition to that arrangement it partners with organisations to provide particularly disadvantaged youth with full scholarships.
This TC project (#12740) relates to the expansion of the GHS which aim to respond to the market’s skills needs and related business challenges. The TC Project will consist of the follownig four objectives and four respective assignments:
1) Establihsment of a new state of the art practical educational workshop for culinary occupations for high quality dual learning provision in line with international best practices
2) Development of curriculum for with-in company training of trainers, enhancing the capacity of partnering hotels for the deliver of work-based learning modules
3) Development and implementation of a gender awareness campaign and targeted outreach programme to attract more female students
4) Strengthened governance structures at the GHS ensuring long-term sustainability
As such, the TC project will support the Government of Egypt’s TVET reform agenda.
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