In characterizing Australian school funding debates as being full of shrill arguments and vested interests where, at the end of the day, money doesn't impact performance as much as it should, Tim Dodd nails it (Unravelling Gonski: The school funding fight is on again AFR 18.9). School funding has grown 14 per cent more in real terms per student over the past decade, yet our results have gone backwards. If you got those results with any other investment, wouldn't you want to review your strategy?
Creative Associates International
The formula for eliminating the skills gaps between workforce supply and demand is straightforward: Equip the workforce with the skills employers need. To find out just what skills the private sector is looking for, ask them. Salem Helali can attest to the efficacy of this demand-driven approach to workforce development. As Chief of Party for the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program, his team has placed more than 70 percent of its 27,000 graduates in mid-level positions or secured salary promotions with private sector employers.
United Nations Development Programme
The project aims to systematically foster youth empowerment where UNDP has a presence by significantly boosting the implementation of UNDP's Youth Strategy 2014-2017 (itself aligned with UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017) and to sharpen the organization’s focus and corporate response to the challenges young people face worldwide across three priority thematic areas: enhanced youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions; increased economic empowerment of youth; and strengthened youth engagement in resilience- and peace-building.
The key role played by sound labor market forecast in the formulation of human resources development programs has been extensively promoted lately. As we engage in building quantitative tools to better understand job markets’ evolution, CIDE suggests we take a step back and rethink the major changes the job market is undergoing at a global scale and its implications on the inclusion of young people. What conclusion can we draw when the economy, while growing, is not producing the jobs that millions of young people are counting on to provide for themselves? How do we deal with spreading non-formal, non-conventional employment?
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are often not the first consideration in thinking about inclusive youth employment; their size, diffusion, and accessibility detract from their attractiveness. Yet they have powerful potential not just for labour absorption but for growth stimulus - in South Africa over 50% of hiring is done by SMEs, and approximately 70% identify hiring as the stimulus for their growth. This session will present an emerging solution for linking SME employers and young marginalised work-seekers, and explore the challenges and responses for working with this sector.
Samasource, TripAdvisor, Banyan Global, Future Work Consulting, RTI International
Youth unemployment remains a major challenge for many developing economies that cannot create enough jobs to absorb the emerging labor market. Microwork, an online outsourcing of services, is an industry that expands entry level jobs. However, no comprehensive resources currently exist to prepare youth for succeeding in this industry. RTI International, Future Work Consulting and Banyan Global experts will present findings from a Center for Global Youth Employment-funded study mapping the current trends, challenges and success factors surrounding microwork. The panel will synthesize the study’s findings determining microwork’s sustainability as an effective tool for transitioning disadvantaged youth into employment.
Education For Employment, The MasterCard Foundation
Effective sourcing of participants is critical for supporting quality at scale for youth employment programs. In this workshop, Education For Employment (EFE) will present three tested methods for sourcing marginalized youth populations for participation in employment programs: social media-based approaches, high-touch family-focused sourcing strategies, and outreach workshops. In addition, The MasterCard Foundation will present lessons learned from the Foundation’s experience supporting youth employment programs in Africa. EFE’s experience applying tested approaches in Jordan, Tunisia, and Morocco will be discussed, and evaluative approaches for determining the relative effectiveness of each strategy will be examined. Special attention will be paid to gender aspects of each sourcing strategy. This workshop will adopt a Think Tank approach.
Chemonics International, The Pragma Corporation, USAID Middle East Bureau
The youth employment crisis in the Middle East and North Africa stems from problems on both the demand side (insufficient market activity to create jobs) and the supply side (youth lack skills/experiences that private sector demands). In Year 1, the USAID/Tunisia Business Reform and Competitiveness Program (BRCP) used an approach that addresses these simultaneously to create nearly 4,000 jobs, at a cost-per-job of $1,207. Presenters will discuss key elements of this approach, the comparative cost effectiveness of enterprise-competitiveness programs, tools for design/implementation, and BRCP's experience leveraging enterprise competitiveness activities to strengthen the youth ecosystem in Tunisia.
JPMORGAN CHASE & CO
Every summer, millions of young people across the United States look forward to getting their first job—an important early work experience that can put them on the path to a meaningful career. Despite signs of an economic recovery, nearly 20 percent of young people who want to work cannot get jobs. Summer youth employment programs (SYEP) help to address this challenge by connecting youth to opportunities to build skills and gain work experience. However, most cities cannot keep up with the demand for positions, especially for summer jobs that are linked to career pathways.
FSG and The Rockefeller Foundation
Youth unemployment not only limits the earnings potential and future prospects of a new generation of South Africans, it also stymies business growth, threatens social cohesion, and puts pressure on government resources. Yet data shows that there are half a million entry-level jobs vacant in the country, and with it, a real opportunity to expand economic inclusion. This paper looks at the efforts of government, employers, philanthropic funders, and training providers to bridge the gap between available jobs and first-time work-seekers. It shows that the most impactful interventions take place when these actors join forces and highlights two examples of cross-sectoral partnerships: EOH Youth Job Creation Initiative and Mentec Foundation.