Injaz Al-Arab

Promoters: 
JA Worldwide, Soraya Salti founder of Injaz Al-Arab
Country: 
Jordan
Hands-on training and mentoring programs to help young people gain the knowledge and skills to build a successful career.
What solution does the innovation propose?

The programs help students gain insight into the complexities and rewards of entrepreneurship and business in today’s interdependent market economy. Successful local business leaders serve as classroom mentors to make the economic concepts relevant, fuel entrepreneurial spirit, and challenge students to excel. In order to effectively implement these programs, private sector volunteers work directly with the students. In doing so, the programs effectively bridge the gap between the classroom environment and the workplace. Through these programs, young people are provided with the foundations of entrepreneurism so they themselves are employed and can further employ others, resulting in a lower unemployment rate in the MENA region.
Programs assist in preparing young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

Recognitions

Chair of the 2011 World Economic Forum Action Group on entrepreneurship (2011).
Soraya Salti (Injaz Al-Arab) the first Arab to win the global award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Skoll Foundation (2009).
Soraya Salti the winner of the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year for Jordan (2006).

Impact evidence

Outputs
  • In 10 years, more than 2 million students reached. More than 300 corporate partnerships with over 22,000 volununteers.
  • Over 90 partners
  • 50,000 middle-school to university youth trained since 2007. 
  • 12 Regional centers, with new geographical locations: an additional 9 cities covered since 2012, with 6 centres opened in 2014-2015 in Laayoune, Fez, Oujda, Marrakesh, Agadir and Kenitra.
  • 9 Training programs, 4 new programs launched: Steer your Career, Career Success, Innovation Camp and Smart Start. The number of training hours per person has risen from an average of 10 hours in 2011 to 12 hours in 2015.
  • More than 7,000 corporate volunteers who contribute their time, energy, enthusiasm and real-world experience across the programs and in each and every student experience. 
  • 20 start-ups mentored in 2014-2015. 
  • 8th annual regional company of the year competition.
  • 9,850 internship applications received in 2015
  • 2nd edition of the SMART START program in Morocco. There were 10 in 2013-2014 and 20 in 2014-2015 with 120 youth mentored.
How does it work?

A huge multinational organisation that has worked with over 2 million young people. They deliver a range of set programs to students in middle and senior school and university:
Injaz Start-Up: For those who have completed the Company Program. A hands-on, structured and supportive approach to nurturing the entrepreneurial skills and creative mindsets of youth, and it contributes to the economic development. The program helps launch innovative entrepreneurial team ventures. It offers successful teams of 4-6 members a combination of seed funding, 20 hours of professional mentoring and incubation over a six-month period.
JA Company Program: Empowers students with basic economic, entrepreneurial, and business education by allowing them to organize and operate a real business. Students learn business functions via volunteer consultants from the local business community.
INJAZ Head Start: Offers learning sessions in work-readiness education and career perspectives. It teaches students the importance of internships, their rights as interns and other internship related matters, as well as the resume-writing skills they need to both get and conduct a successful interview.
INJAZ Steer Your Career: Targets employment-ready students and aims to hone the skills needed to find a job and work effectively in a competitive job environment. The different sessions cover the multi-faceted aspects of leadership, time management, communication, team dynamics, and job searching skills. Through hands-on classroom activities, personal assessments, role playing, and reflection exercises, Steer Your Career guarantees students will function successfully in today’s workplace.
The 8th annual regional company of the year competition: More than six months of hard work under the mentorship of private sector volunteers culminates in an evening of celebration and pride. In a short time span, these students learn, apply, shape and innovate.

Geographical scope

Where was initially developed
Aman, Jordan.
Where has been implemented so far
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen and Pakistan.