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Creative Zone Partners with Oliv to Boost Career Opportunities for Fresh Graduates

Creative Zone, an integrated business setup consultancy, join hands with Oliv, a platform that connects fresh graduates and undergraduates with companies looking to hire young talent in internships and full-time positions. This strategic partnership aims to offer shared assistance to young professionals seeking to enhance their employment dreams, while startup companies intending to employ cost-effective human resource and ultimately help solve the issues in unemployment within the country.

With Creative Zone’s recent acquisition of stake in Insurancemarket.ae, together with multiple business expansion plans, the company seeks to foster the nation’s vast pool of talent by creating a space where startup companies and young professionals can accomplish their career goals.

“We are creating an ecosystem that facilitates the growth of our clients’ headcount and easing the unforeseen complexities of running a business in the UAE. It is exciting to share the concept of Oliv, which helps source thousands of pre-screened, highly talented young professionals to our network of over 36,000 entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses” said Lorenzo Jooris, CEO of Creative Zone. “With our Accelerator programs due to be launched in the first quarter of 2020, we will be shortlisting 5 – 10 business proposals and offer a holistic program to kick start ideas into reality. We believe that getting first-hand access to vital information and being trained by experienced mentors within the Creative Zone network will provide a competitive edge to students graduating from University” added Mr. Jooris.

Oliv, previously known as internsME, recently received $2million in the first round of series A funding and is UAE’s leading graduate career portal. The company facilitates access to the job market, from internships, volunteering, part-time and full-time jobs. “Oliv strives to constantly evolve towards the growing demand of the market for both students looking for jobs and SMEs looking to hire fresh talent. It is our responsibility to bridge the gap considering the high rate of youth unemployment and the tough job market competition in the Middle East” said Yousef Hamza, CEO of Oliv. “It is a pleasure to partner with one of the leading Business Setup Consultants in the UAE, who have helped set up an impressive 5000+ companies and have been in the industry for 10 years by supporting SMEs with the fresh talent and creative thinking of tomorrow’s leaders” added Mr. Hamza.

Internships play a key role in directing one’s career path and preparing for the stiff competition that lays ahead. Hiring interns is not only cost effective for startups but also ensures a bright, motivated young workforce. Under the partnership, interns will be offered a temporary work permit with a validity for a maximum of 6 months and costs up to AED 600. Comparatively, employees who are hired full time have a work permit that costs AED 700 which is separate from the visa cost. Visa cost for an employee in Dubai can range from AED 4,800 to AED 7,500. Additionally, for a full-time employee, the costs can add up considering WPS, employment benefits and other expenses.

About Creative Zone:
Creative Zone is Dubai’s largest and most trusted business setup advisory firm. Having been in the industry for 10 years, Creative Zone has helped over 36,000 entrepreneurs fulfill their passion for setting up a business in the UAE. The Company was launched in 2010 by Steve Mayne and Mahesh Dalamal with a simple yet revolutionary model for the Middle East marketplace; to serve as a one-stop-shop for easy company incorporation and added business support services.

The company has evolved to provide added business support services that entrepreneurs and SMEs require and actively contribute to the UAE’s position as the global location of choice for doing business for the sector to set up, sustain and grow successful businesses.

Over the last 12 months, Creative Zone has been taking efforts to build an ecosystem for entrepreneurs by providing value added services surrounding formation of businesses. At present, the list of services extends to Tax and Accounting, Concierge, Payment Gateway, HR Services, Media and Marketing Services, Legal, Insurance, Banking, IT Solutions, Sales, Business Hub, Currency Exchange, Communications Hub, and Funding.
It also launched the first ever entrepreneur only networking portal called CZ Connect – for Creative Zone clients to network, grow and sustain their businesses.

About Oliv:
Oliv is a career platform designed for the youth and connects talented students and new graduates with leading employers for internships, part-time and graduate jobs. With youth unemployment rates in MENA being almost twice the global average, Oliv is solving this problem through technology and empowering communities. Oliv makes launching careers simple, personal and more rewarding.

The entire premise of Oliv from a hiring businesses perspective is simple; you can hire candidates for 3 to 6 months with no additional visa or medical cover costs, thus saving the heartache if things do not work out. This period can be extended by another 6 months in the form of a traineeship. In return, your company receives highly educated and motivated young talent to help grow and push your business forward.

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