Youth, Education and Employment

Preparing young people for the workplace and providing them with employment opportunities is a rising global challenge. ICOS uses its Cultural Analysis methodology to examine perceptions of young people with regards to their education and employment, to help governments, policy-makers, business leaders, education professionals and civil society to better respond to the needs of youth. ICOS also works directly with governments to help them shape their policies to respond to their education and employment challenges. ICOS is currently undertaking a follow-up study to one undertaken in 2010 in partnership with the Emirates Foundation (UAE) on the perceptions of young unemployed Emiratis with regards to their unemployment.

Policy Lab on Entrepreneurship – Abu Dhabi

The first ever Policy Lab on Entrepreneurship will take place in Abu Dhabi; hosted by the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, facilitated by ICOS  and supported by the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi.

In line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 for a ‘knowledge-based economy’, the cutting-edge Policy Lab will drive the growth of entrepreneurship in Abu Dhabi, using the ICOS Labs methodology to accelerate


Counselling Arabia Conference 2011: Youth at a Crossroads

ICOS has recently taken part in The Counselling Arabia Conference, presented in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, this year, with the aim of informing counselling professionals on issues faced by Arab youth and best practices in working with this population.

Held under the esteemed patronage of HH Sheikh Nahayan Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology of Egypt, the conference


Unemployed Youth in the UAE – Personal Perceptions and Recommendations (June 2010)

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Unemployment among Emiratis in the United Arab Emirates is estimated at 12%. This is despite the country’s economic strength and its ‘paternal state’ system, in which citizens are provided with extensive benefits and, often, secure public sector jobs. Reducing this unemployment rate, particularly amongst youth, in both the public and private sectors is an essential task. The perceptions of jobless young Emiratis provide insights on the causes,