DURATION: 09/01/2017 - 12/31/2022
FUNDER: Anadarko
CONTACT[email protected]

Program Description

The Ouargla University Career Center provides training, coaching, and other employment services to young graduates.

The southern city of Ouargla is one of Algeria’s most challenging job markets for youth. With support from Anadarko Petroleum, World Learning has offered one-on-one career guidance, professional soft skills and civic engagement training, English for the Workplace courses, career fairs, and other employment services to students at the University of Ouargla since 2013.

These programs have had an important impact on local youth. In a 2016 survey of more than 200 career center alumni, 72 percent of young job seekers had found employment, while 90 percent reported that they had applied their new skills to launching their careers.

Program Goals

  • Upgraded training methods and materials to enable the university career center to offer more robust training courses.
  • Offered English for the workplace courses.
  • Identified students’ appropriate career paths based on individual skills, personality traits, and aspirations.
  • Provided supplemental trainings in essential professional skills and civic engagement to prepare the young participants to be dynamic, motivated, and conscious recruits.
  • Reinforced linkages between the technical schools and local businesses to ensure the relevance and sustainability of services offered to young job seekers.

The CDC provided career services, civic engagement training courses, and professional English training for over 10,000 students at Kasdi Merbah University in Ouargla. Seventy-nine percent of graduates found full- or part-time employment options following graduation.