Cairo, Egypt, March 29, 2016 – Uber, the leading smartphone technology company that connects riders to drivers at the push of a button, and Education for Employment Egypt (EFE|Egypt) today announce the graduation of 14 partners from its inaugural Uber Partner-Driver Training Program; a program intended to equip aspiring individuals with the skills necessary to succeed as partner-drivers on the technology platform.
The training comes as part of the Uber Economic Empowerment Program which provides education, capacity building and resources for drivers, and includes this partnership with EFE|Egypt in addition to a vehicle financing deal with BPE Capital that will provide drivers with affordable financing solutions to obtaining vehicles that meet Uber standards.
Covering the most important learning fields, EFE|Egypt’s program includes topics ranging from professional customer service, dealing with difficult customers and situations to local geography, basic English literacy, anti-harassment training, city knowledge, and digital literacy. Upon program completion, participants must excel in two tests to become official Uber partners.
Uber has a long-term commitment to creating tens of thousands of jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities. Since launching in Cairo, the Uber technology platform has created work opportunities for over 2000 drivers a month. Over 40% of the drivers had been unemployed prior to joining Uber. The number of female drivers joining the platform has also increased, having grown 10 times over the course of six months.
About Uber MENA
Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for our partner drivers and transport operators. Uber’s rapidly expanding global presence continues to bring people and their cities closer and is currently providing service in over 380 cities across 69 different countries. It is already in Amman,Bahrain Beirut, Cairo, Casablanca, Dammam, Dubai, Abu Dhabi Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province with plans for expansion across the Middle East. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Blackberry 7, or sign up at uber.com/app.
For more information, please visit: uber.com/cities.
About Education For Employment Egypt
Education For Employment Egypt (EFE|Egypt) is the leading youth unemployment organization in Egypt. Through its market-driven model, EFE|Egypt trains underprivileged, unemployed youth in vocational and professional skills and connects graduates to jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities. EFE|Egypt has operated across Egypt, from Alexandria and Greater Cairo to Monifiya and Qena, connecting over 1,300 youth with job opportunities and over 50 companies with qualified, retainable entry-level talent. Over 50% of EFE|Egypt graduates are young women, reflecting EFE|Egypt’s special focus on women’s employment.