1.2.4 Promoting Better Long-Term Outcomes for the Most Disadvantaged Clients

Participants identified that more work remains in structuring programs that target disadvantaged, at-risk, disabled, and marginalized youth.

  • Providing soft skills and wrap-around services: They reported struggling with job retention due to lack of soft skills among these populations, and the need to incorporate a range of wrap-around services into training programs while on a limited budget. They identified challenges in incorporating into training the required support services, soft skills and work ethic training, psychosocial support, mentorship, and peer support. 
  • Ongoing post-training support: Better tools and procedures are also needed to support youth after training, in particular through mentorship, reorientation, follow-up engagement, and the establishment of alumni clubs. 
  • Longer-term partner and stakeholder involvement: Participants sought insight into how to retain local partners and stakeholders to provide support and follow-up services after project expiration.