Andrew Baird is the Chief Executive Officer of Education for Employment and brings nearly 30 years of experience in workforce development, entrepreneurship and youth programming to EFE's leadership team. As the Global Chief Executive Officer he leads EFE's strategic, programmatic, financial and operational development. Previously he was the Senior Director of RTI International's Workforce and Economic Opportunities team where he built and led a $150 million dollar portfolio of programs in the workforce sector. Andrew was a founder of the Global Center for Youth Employment. He served as the Director of International Programs at Making Cents International, a Director at Chemonics and was a Peace Corps Associate Country Director and Country Director in Togo and Senegal. He has extensive overseas experience including in Jordan, Egypt and Morocco.
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- Education For Employment (EFE)
- Non-profit Social Enterprise
- Workforce and Employment; Education and Skills; Gender Parity
- Areas of Impact
- North America, Middle East & North Africa, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Algeria
Education For Employment (EFE)
Education For Employment (EFE) envisions a future in which young people in the Middle East and North Africa have the opportunity to reach their potential through careers that enable them to contribute positively to their families, their societies, and the world.
EFE seeks to achieve this transformative change by addressing the challenge at two levels. First, EFE helps young people gains skills, secure a career and improve their quality of life while also becoming involved as active citizens in their community. Second, EFE promotes systemic change within public educational institutions in the MENA region to deliver quality career-oriented education that meets market demand. Both of these goals require the building of public-private partnerships with local and international businesses, the education sector, community-based organizations, other non-profits, international organizations, public policy entities, and governments to address youth unemployment, its causes, and possible solutions.
EFE takes a very simple and practical yet innovative approach to serving youths, starting with employers. In this demand-driven strategy, EFE identifies sectors of the economy that offer solid potential for growth and job creation but lack appropriately qualified personnel. EFE then identifies companies that are willing to commit to hiring EFE graduates. By partnering with these companies and with local educational institutions and trainers, EFE develops market-relevant, interactive training courses that are directly linked to job placements for successful graduates. EFE is working to change the mind-sets of employers by showing them that there is an untapped pool of human capital in unemployed youths who receive practical education that equips them with valued skills. More than 4,400 youth have graduated from EFE training programmes across five MENA countries and the Palestinian Territories; 44% of graduates are women.