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Shell Egypt is keen in contributing towards education and capacity building of students and teachers especially at public schools. This support stems from Shell’s belief that these elements are critical in the development of the Egyptian society. Hence, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Shell has adopted a number of public schools, renovating their facilities and supporting students’ activities. Adopted schools include Al-Makrizi, Almaza School, Red Crescent and Mustafa Kamel Complex of schools as well as Talaat Harb, Taha Hussein Preparatory Schools and El-Nahda Preparatory School. The scheme has benefited more than 7,500 students to date.
It all starts at School
Shell Egypt is keen in contributing towards education and capacity building of students and teachers especially at public schools. This support stems from Shell’s belief that these elements are critical in the development of the Egyptian society.
Hence, under the supervision of the Ministry of Education, Shell has adopted a number of public schools, renovating their facilities and supporting students’ activities.
Schools include Al-Makrizi, Almaza School, Red Crescent and Mustafa Kamel Complex of schools as well as Talaat Harb, Taha Hussein Preparatory Schools and El-Nahda Preparatory School. The scheme has benefited more than 7,500 students to date.
These schools were entirely revamped, creating a much more positive learning environment for students and teachers to interact and grow.
In addition to the renovation of school buildings, main facilities such as clinics, laboratories and libraries have undergone complete repairs to make the whole educational process a pleasant experience.
The School adoption scheme was not limited to building renovation. On the other hand, an array of follow-up activities was conducted to further engage students and teachers.
Competitions, field trips and health and safety awareness sessions were organized for students while many teachers received computer training.
Shell Egypt has traditionally sought to establish close links with academic institutions as suppliers of potential employees, especially those offering scientific and applied disciplines.
Among Shell’s remarkable initiatives in this regard is the protocol of co-operation signed with the Faculty of Science - Cairo University.
The protocol stipulated an upgrade of the faculty’s laboratories to encourage intensive research efforts by offering students access to research material and equipment. Shell has also provided the faculty with video-conferencing facilities to allow for better interaction with regional and international academic institutions.
Shell is committed to offering annual training opportunities to university students as well as organizing tailored seminars.
In this regard, Shell has sponsored two initiatives ‘Step Towards Progress’ (STP) at Cairo University and the ‘Annual Conference for Engineering Students’ (ACES) at Ain Shams University. These activities were championed by students with the objective of creating awareness of the practical skills needed in the job market.
Workshops organized were geared towards grooming students for the market after they graduate. Expert Shell staff coached students on the subtleties of becoming successful professionals or business owners.
These events covered topics such as marketing, tendering, project management, negotiations and public speaking skills, which are vital qualifications and skills required by the labor market.
Bridging the Gap between Academic and “Real Life”
Bridging the gap between academic and professional life is not an easy task and nobody knows that better than an international oil company.
When the Student Union in The American University in Cairo (AUC) approached Shell Egypt to give sessions to bridge this gap for petroleum engineering students as part of its Real Life project, the response was enthusiastic.
14 Shell staff dedicated their efforts for this project and conducted four sessions at the AUC for the 77 selected students out of 101 applicants.
Shell Egypt's initiative was in line with its belief that developing human capital is not only a good social investment but also a business smart move.
AUC has been one of the key provider of graduates talent for Shell. This fact has encouraged the Marketing Recruitment team to implement the Campus Ambassador Program (CAP) in AUC.
Shell - Intilaaqah Egypt Programme
Human Capital Development is one of the most important elements for Shell Egypt in the field of Social Investment (SI).
Shell Egypt conducts capacity building programmes to reinforce Egyptian youth knowledge and skills. Intilaaqah is a Middle Eastern adoption of the worldwide LiveWIRE initiative by Shell. The programme currently operates in more than 20 countries around the world.
The Arab countries benefiting from Intilaaqah include: Oman, Libya, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Syria, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Intilaaqah Egypt programme was launched in January 2004 with the aim of raising Egyptian youth awareness towards self-employment and giving them a glance overview of the advantages of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) becoming small project owners.
Tailored Training programmes are conducted, followed by an Annual Award Ceremony to crown the efforts done throughout the year by the young entrepreneurs.
These events help in marketing the programme idea and at the same time act as an incentive to further develop the graduates’ businesses.
The programme recently included training sessions for the disabled (Deaf & Mute) youth in several Governorates. Hence, two new award categories were added for the disabled in the Intilaaqah Annual Awards: Best Business Idea, and the Encouragement Award.
In addition, a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) award category was added to promote safety among SME’s and raise their production capacity.
Shell Egypt helps revive traditional handicrafts of Egypt
The success of Shell Egypt’s youth enterprise programme Intilaaqah Egypt encouraged the company to consider supporting other training initiatives, such as training young Egyptians on traditional handicrafts.
This training programme aims at reviving traditional handicrafts, enhancing the creation of small businesses and promoting tourism in general.
In this regard, Shell Egypt and the Handicrafts and Cooperative Production Authority signed a Cooperation Protocol in June 2007, whereby Shell sponsors a training programme for 68 Egyptians on traditional handicrafts.
Given its past experience in conducting many similar programmes, the Handicrafts and Cooperative Production Authority, an offshoot of the Ministry of Local Development, is responsible for implementing the programme. The programme runs in the governorates of Assiut, Fayoum and North Sinai and covers an array of rare handicrafts.
Such programme is consistent with Shell Egypt’s social investment activities in the country, especially the ongoing focus on combating unemployment among young people. It also contributes to the revival of many traditional handicrafts, which are increasingly threatened with extinction.
Sharper Skills for a Tougher Market
Al-Amal Programme (Hope Programme) was initiated by the Egyptian Geophysical Society in 2007 and later sponsored by Shell and other International Oil Companies (IOCs). The programme has since developed to become an incubator of talents.
Al-Amal Programme aims at familiarizing Geo-science graduates with the exploration and production business, as well as developing their practical capacity to be in a better position to compete in the job market. Needless to say, this also enables companies to identify and recruit higher calibre graduates – whom the market is in short supply of.
Al-Amal programme works closely with universities to identify graduates’ skill gaps in some technical disciplines and seeks to fill them with basic technical training, field trips, and English language courses, in addition to other soft skills.
The first group, composed of 20 trainees from three Universities, completed the programme in 2007. Out of these, 19 were employed by energy companies, including Shell and, its joint venture, Bapetco.
In 2008, the programme expanded to include six Universities. The top students from the Universities were interviewed and 24 were selected to complete the training. Of those 17 graduates were employed by major energy companies.
Petroleum Class at Matruh Technical School
In alliance with Shell’s strategic objectives to promote sustainable development - especially in its areas of operation - Shell supported a technical school project and provided audio-visual equipment, computers, videos, reports, books, magazines and dictionaries, and English language courses to the Petroleum class at Matruh technical school.
Field lectures were also conducted to widen the curriculum and engage the students with oil industry representatives.