Minister of Industry and Trade Tarek Kabil announced that the ministry succeeded in providing 15,000 new jobs during the last fiscal year (FY) 2016/17 in the sectors of food, engineering, metallurgy, textiles, packaging, building materials, construction, and chemicals. Opportunities also included commercial and service facilities.
For his part, Executive Director at the Industrial Training Council Mahmoud El Sherbiny said that the council has intensified its activities and efforts to provide skilled labour during the past FY, which benefitted a large number of production and service sectors through training 6,300 people.
The garment sector accounted for 22% of all trainees, an amount of 1,342 trainees, and the engineering sector accounted for 21% of the total number of trainees—an amount of 1,322 trainees—followed by the export sector that accounted for 1,035 trainees with 17%, 882 trainees in handicrafts (or 14% of total), 339 trainees in the commercial sector, which account for 5% of the total. 240 trainees were allocated to entrepreneurship, an amount of 3.8%, and 220 trainees were in the service sector (or 3.5% of total). The other percentages were distributed between the safety, health, and construction sectors, according to El Sherbiny.
He pointed out that, at the geographical level, Cairo, Alexandria, Upper Egypt, Canal, and Delta governorates benefitted from this training. Cairo accounted for a total of 3,547 trainees (56% of total), followed by Upper Egypt with 1,645 trainees (26%), Delta with 561 trainees (9%), Alexandria 427 trainees (7%), and finally Canal governorates 97 trainees (2%).