The young man at the Apple Genius Bar asked me what kind of work I did while he was trying to fix my laptop last week. I told him, “I work on creating good jobs and higher skills in developing countries.” I also told him that 87% of the planet’s 1.2 billion 16-24 year olds live in developing countries where there are few good jobs and where the education and training systems are often completely out of synch with the needs of modern economies. He appeared interested, so I continued: “3 out of 5 of all the unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa are youth people living on less than $2/day.
The Case Foundation invites you to join us at MCON14—a special convening on Millennial engagement—June 18 and 19, 2014, at 9:00 AM CT via livestream (free).
Together, we’ll explore how this fearless generation is redefining issues in our communities, building movements to create change and using their talents and resources to inspire peers. You’ll also be one of the first to hear new findings from the 2014 Millennial Impact Report featuring insights on corporate engagement with the next generation.
This paper investigates quality apprenticeship in three German companies (BMW, Siemens and Volkswagen) that initiated apprenticeship programmes in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee in the southern part of the U.S. The report highlights the strong involvement of the three companies and their active cooperation with community colleges and municipalities in training apprentices in mechatronics, an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering with a high content of computer skills and software knowledge.
This report sets out to build on this exciting innovation and demonstrate how mobile technology can help to improve lives in emerging markets by looking at six opportunities to create shared value for workers and organisations.
Note: Statistics regarding Youth Unemployment can be found on pages 8-10 of this report.
From GSMA and Alcatel-Lucent. This global study was undertaken to understand the challenges and needs of youth overcoming employment obstacles. It addresses how mobile services could play a key role in combating the problems and providing solutions.
The Mobile for Employment programme held a workshop on the topic of ‘Youth, Mobile and Employment’ in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th January 2014. This report highlights the key findings of the workshop along with a review of the employment market in Rwanda. It discusses the commercial and operational considerations for all stakeholders and introduces possible business models along with recommendations to accelerate MNO market entry and participation in this sector in a meaningful and value-adding role.
Mobile technology is growing in Africa: the number of mobile connections has risen to 824 million in 2014, an almost 75% market penetration).
Public and private innovators are leveraging this near ubiquity of mobile technology to address youth employment and issues. By providing services to match labour supply and demand, these pioneers are helping to bridge some of these gaps.
“A Chance for Change: Child and Youth Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda” was organized by CYFI with the support of UNCDF on the 23rd of May, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting featured high-level stakeholders and was attended by 341 participants from 90 countries, including ambassadors and representatives of 43 permanent missions to the UN.