June 2, 2015, Tunis, Tunisia—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is helping CEFAC, a training organization
in Tunisia, provide business skills training to Tunisian youth, increasing
their employability and supporting business growth.
As part of the program, CEFAC will deliver
daily workshops to students from ESSEC Tunisia June 2-5, focusing on management
and communication skills often ignored in academic courses.
“In Tunisia, there’s a gap between
the skills expected by companies and the skills job-seekers have,” said
Mehdi Chahed, Director of CEFAC. “This is often due to the lack of emphasis
on soft skills at school or university. Our partnership with IFC helps
us ensure that people – particularly young people – know how to interact
effectively in the workplace.”
IFC first partnered with CEFAC in mid-2014
when it instructed CEFAC trainers in its Business Edge training program,
to help youth communicate efficiently, motivate teams, and manage change.
CEFAC trainers have since delivered nearly 50 Business Edge workshops to
more than 430 Tunisian participants, of which one third are women.
“Ensuring that youth skills match the
needs of the job market is critical,” said Antoine Courcelle-Labrousse,
IFC’s Country Officer in Tunisia. “By developing these soft skills among
young people in Tunisia, we boost their chances of finding a job and contributing
to regional stability and economic growth.”
Businesses and organizations around the
world use IFC’s Business Edge to strengthen management and communications
skills. Globally, 65 training providers have used Business Edge to train
more than 200,000 people.
This project was made possible through
the support of the Islamic Development Bank, the Government of the Netherlands,
the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs, and UKaid.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the
private sector. Working with private enterprises in about 100 countries,
we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme
poverty and boost shared prosperity. In FY14, we provided more than $22
billion in financing to improve lives in developing countries and tackle
the most urgent challenges of development. For more information, visit
Based in Tunis, CEFAC
is a consulting firm, which offers its services in several areas of expertise
including strategic diagnostic upgrades, management, human resources, marketing,
and hotel management. CEFAC provides services both for the hotel industry
and tourism for the industrial and services sector. It works closely with
a dozen freelance trainers who are specialized consultants in areas including
hospitality, tourism management, human resources and marketing.
CEFAC works with private and public companies and international institutions.
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