Careem - the leading multi-service platform in the Middle East - and Baghdad Business School (BBS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that aims to support Iraqi youth through preparing university students for the labor market and increasing their opportunities to work in the private sector through the 'Business Foundation’ program, which will also provide safe transportation for female students to and from BBS headquarters through Careem.
The BBS program focuses on preparing graduates of Iraqi universities for employment in the private sector by teaching them basic English, professional skills and business fundamentals. By partnering with Careem, students will be able to get internship opportunities in Careem office in Iraq in addition to the ability to attend workshops and field visits provided by the company to the students.
In addition, the MOU focused on ensuring gender equality in education and employment; therefore BBS and Careem will work together to provide safe trips for female students during their return home in the evening after classes.
Hussein Al-Bayati, General Manager of Careem Iraq said: “Careem pays great attention to the Iraqi youth and university students, by supporting them to acquire the skills required to succeed in the workplace. We are excited about our partnership with BBS, which will allow us to provide internship opportunities for a number of university students in Iraq as part of the ‘Business Foundation’ program to qualify them to work in the private sector”.
On the other hand, BBS Board Member Christine Toorn said: “We at BBS are grateful to have this opportunity to cooperate with Careem. Through partnerships like this between academic institutions and private sector companies we can better prepare our students and Iraqi youth with the skills and knowledge they need to gain employment and succeed in the 21st century business world and the digital economy.”
Commenting on providing safe transportation for female students, Al-Bayati said: “Careem plays an important role in empowering women and helping them succeed. Women constitute around 40% of Careem’s employees in Iraq, as we believe in what Iraqi women can achieve at work, and we offer female students and women convenient, easy and safe transportation to encourage them to go to universities and to work”.
Careem is the leading multi-service platform in the Middle East, which began its work in Iraq in 2014, and is currently operating in 4 main cities, including Baghdad, Najaf, Erbil and Basrah. Careem is committed to simplifying people's lives by providing technological solutions to local challenges and improving transportation, commerce and e-payment services in the region.
BBS is a non-governmental organization registered in Iraq and has been operating since 2020, providing educational and training programs aimed at enabling Iraqi youth to work in the private sector by providing English language courses, business development courses and professional skills.