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The Zohr Applied Technology School in Egypt fosters opportunities for youths

by Eni Staff
18 October 2021
3 min read
by Eni Staff
18 October 2021
3 min read
In Egypt Eni is working together with public and private actors: together they are building a school that hosts more than 700 students by the end of the cycle, contributing to improving access to technical education and facilitating job opportunities for young people.

The school

The Zohr Applied Technology School is a flagship of technical education in Egypt. It is based in Port Said, in the northeast of the country, where Eni operates some of its most relevant activities. Launched in October 2021, the school hosts 264 students ranging from 15 to 18 years old, aiming to reach 792 youths by the end of the academic cycle. It offers 5 fields of specialization that may increase or change over the years, in line with the labour market needs: Energy, Electrics, Information and Technology (IT), Mechanical maintenance and Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC). The institute, which employs 38 teaching and non-teaching staff, while providing technical education and specialized vocation training in accordance with the highest international standards to enhance opportunities for access to employment for youths.  More than 20 companies are involved in the project, actively contributing to developing curriculum and apprenticeship programs for students. Don Bosco Institute of Cairo has provided training to the staff.

Partnership for development toward lasting and long-term objectives

The project shows the strategic importance of the partnerships for development. Indeed, it is the result of a joint collaboration among public authorities, profit sector and non-profit entity, which is key for lasting and outstanding success, in line with Eni’s mission. 

Contribute to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Eni and Egypt have a long-standing relationship, started in 1954 and consolidated over the years thanks to the joined hard work of both parties at all level. IEOC is constantly and firmly working to gain leadership toward Egypt Vision 2030 and the 17 UN SDGs. The company plays a fundamental role in access to electricity, thus contributing to SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy). The company’s gas production represents 60% of the entire gas volume in the country, while gas is the main source of power generation. By supporting development programs, such as the one in Port Said, the company also pledges to “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all” (SDG 8).

The Port Said integrated model approach: a sustainable approach to be replicated

Over the last 20 years, with the support of Egyptian authorities and implementing partners, Eni has moved toward a development approach. The model implemented in Port Said represents a good practice that can be replicated in other areas. Here, where Zohr, El Gamil, UGDC onshore plants are located, the company has set its strategy on an evolution of a business model strongly focused on long-term value creation.

Eni’s long-term strategy is to replicate the integrated model applied in Port Said in other areas of the Country (Western Desert, South Sinai, Nile Delta) where company’s operations are located, through innovative projects which can contribute to the improvement of socio-economic conditions of Egyptian most vulnerable people.

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