Providing career guidance to the Egyptian youth through the ILO Job Search Clubs (JSC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth & Sports

Job search clubs provide an enabling environment where young people gather and share resources and contacts, while searching for jobs in various fields under the supervision of trained facilitators. The ILO in Egypt will leverage and strengthen these services in the context of the PROSPECTS programme.

News | 10 September 2020
Job search clubs play a key role in ILO youth employment programmes in Egypt. They provide an enabling environment where young people gather and share resources and contacts, while searching for jobs in various fields under the supervision of trained facilitators. The ILO will leverage and strengthen these services in the context of the PROSPECTS programme.

JSC consist of a two-week intensive job search support activities. Two facilitators assist a group of up to 16 young job seekers to find their way back into the labour market. Job Clubs have proven successful in many countries in Europe, Canada, the US, Argentina, Central Asian countries, Algeria and Egypt. JSC use a specific methodology that activates and engages youth in job search activities during the Club, coaches them to reach out to the hidden job market and creates a support group and network that fosters successful job hunting.

The objective of the JSC is to enable job seekers to find a suitable job within the shortest feasible period by creating supportive groups of individuals who have similar needs while receiving intensive coaching on job search related skills. Club members meet on daily over two weeks (or until they find a job) under the supervision of a trained facilitator who provides them with the guidance, information and tools they need during their search for employment. In addition, members assist one another to enhance their job-hunting skills, providing mutual support and encouragement. Ideally, a new Club is created each month.

Following an initial assessment of their personal interests, skills and occupational goals, the members learn and practice various skills such as managing telephone interviews; dealing with potentially stressful situations; gathering job leads from various sources; conducting information interviews with practitioners about the occupation of interests to them; discovering the “hidden job market”; filling out applications; writing CVs; making telephone contacts; and handling oneself effectively in a job interview. In addition to the regular group meetings, members also receive one-to-one coaching with the facilitator. JSC launched in 2017 in four governorates. Since then, it has been integrated into the Ministry of Youth and Sports annual work plan and rolled out in 15 governorates. In 2018, 762 unemployed young people participated, of whom 360 subsequently got a job.


PROSPECTS is intensifying the roll-out of “job search clubs” for refugees and host communities, young women and men, in Greater Cairo, Alexandria and Damietta in particular by:
  • Training 50-60 facilitators from MoYS in the target governorate for them to get a certification granting them the right to roll out clubs in governorates.
  • Supporting the roll out for 30 Job Search Clubs to train 600 youth from the host community in Greater Cairo, Alexandria and Damietta.
  • Adapting the Job Search Club facilitator’s manual to be inclusive for the refugee population in Egypt.