The Demand-Driven Training Toolkit: A Resource for Aligning Youth Employment Programs with Labor Market Demand

Making Cents International

With support of the Rockefeller Foundation, Making Cents International developed the Demand-Driven Training for Youth Employment Toolkit, a resource designed to assist education-to-employment providers interested in maximizing program outcomes such as placement and retention rates, satisfaction of employers and job seekers, and stakeholder return on investment. The Toolkit was developed with input from leading South African and global institutions. It is an easy-to-read, practical resource that can help institutions be more effective. This webinar will introduce you to the Toolkit’s components, share case studies of DDT programs in South Africa and Egypt, and help you think about how to leverage the content and resources to support your own programs.

The webinar will:

  1. Explain what is included in a demand-driven training for youth employment program
  2. Discuss the nine modules of the Toolkit including important resources and tools you can use
  3. Highlight examples of demand-driven training programs in varying country contexts

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Mamadou Biteye
Managing Director, Africa Regional Office
The Rockefeller Foundation

Mamadou Biteye oversees the Foundation’s work across Africa, bringing with him decades of experience and expertise in the development sector in Africa. In his capacity as Managing Director, he provided strategic guidance to Rockefeller’s Digital Jobs Africa Initiative and the Scaling World Class Demand-Driven Training project which culminated in both the Demand-Driven Training Framework and Toolkit.

Dr. Christina Olenik
Vice President, Technical Services
Making Cents International

In her 25-year career, Christy has designed, implemented, and evaluated holistic youth programs for multiple donors, local governments, and private foundations in the US and internationally. As Vice President, Technical Services, she is responsible for technical leadership, service delivery, business development, and strategy around positive youth development programming. Christy also serves as Making Cents’ Project Director for the USAID-funded YouthPower: Evidence and Evaluation IDIQ. She is passionate about providing opportunities for youth success and for building the capacity of the systems around them. In fact, she has learned a lot about youth development from her teenage daughter.
Branka Minic
Technical Advisor
Making Cents International
Branka Minic is a Senior Technical Advisor to Making Cents International on the Rockefeller Foundation funded project “Scaling World Class Demand-Driven Training.” She is the lead author and researcher of both the Demand-Driven Training Framework and Toolkit. Branka is President of Future Work Consulting, advising donors, global corporations, governments and international NGO’s on best practices to address youth unemployment, specifically the protocols for transitioning youth from school to work, and implementing successful workplace mentoring and apprenticeship programs. Branka spent more than 25 years in the staffing industry, most recently as Senior Director of Global Corporate and Government Affairs at ManpowerGroup, in charge of building cross-sector partnerships to support training and employment of disadvantaged groups.
Tiffiny Humphries
Project Manager and Operations Officer
Maharishi Institute and Impact Sourcing Academy

Tiffiny Humphries is the Project Manager and Operations Officer of the Maharishi Institute and Impact Sourcing Academy in South Africa, Durban and has been instrumental in setting up the Maharishi Institute in Durban.  The Maharishi Institute in Durban is the expansion project for the Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg.  In this capacity she is focused on building relationships to create opportunities for developing and placing financially marginalized students into work who have attended either the short term skills programs through the Academy or the longer term degree qualifications through the Institute. Tiffiny has her BA degree in Health Science and Social Service and has a passion for human capacity development.   She believes that each individual has the ability to transcend their circumstances and fulfil their innate human potential.

Hana El Fekky
Business Development and Compliance Officer
Education For Employment, EGYPT 

Hana is taking the place of Ismail Elhabrouk Chief Executive Officer of EFE Egypt as he was unable to make today’s webinar. EFE|Egypt provides underprivileged and unemployed Egyptian youth with the skills and opportunities necessary for formal entry into the labor market. EFE|Egypt creates original curricula and delivers training programs that respond directly to market needs and the needs of private sector employers.