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Demand-Driven Training for youth employment programs build job-relevant skills valued by employers and useful for self-employment by offering both pre-employment skills development and some form of on-the- job training.

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Webinar Resources | Scaling Up: Integrating Soft Skills Learning in Formal Education Systems

Making Cents International and Youth Employment Funders Group

In this webinar, Making Cents International, the Youth Employment Funders Group (YEFG), and Educate! explore YEFG’s What Works in Soft Skills Development for Youth Employment and examine a program that demonstrates how soft skills learning can be effectively integrated within formal education systems as a way to achieve larger-scale shifts in youth soft skills acquisition. The speakers share challenges, ways to co-create skills development processes with teachers and key stakeholders, and best practices for bringing soft skills development into formal education and highlight Educate!’s experience in supporting the integration of soft skills training into Uganda and Rwanda’s national curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on how to deal with both the will and skill necessary to have reforms actually take root in an everyday classroom.

Global Employment Trends for Youth 2017: Paths to a Better Working Future

International Labour Organization

Incorporating the most recent employment trends for young women and men, Global Employment Trends for Youth sets out the youth labour market situation around the world.

Webinar Resources | Getting Young People into Work: Is There a Role for the Private Sector in Bridging the Skills Gap?

European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)

Nine out of ten jobs are created by the private sector worldwide, making it a major force for economic growth and prosperity. However, formal education systems are often unable to meet the market’s specific demands for talent and skills. This creates problems on two fronts – young people lack the skills to successfully compete for jobs while firms are unable to fill their open positions. The EBRD’s unique economic inclusion approach supports clients across a wide range of sectors to address this skills mismatch and thereby enhance equitable access to jobs and training. This webinar will discuss the role of the private sector in opening up economic opportunities for young people specifically, and how actors in the YEO space can engage with the private sector to enhance youth inclusion.

Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Micro-entrepreneurs

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Despite the prevalence of female entrepreneurs in developing countries, recent research suggests that women do not benefit from loans and grants in the same way that men do, leading to questions about the value of offering financial services to female entrepreneurs. Researchers re-examined data from previous studies in Ghana, India, and Sri Lanka to measure the impact of credit and cash grant variations on micro-enterprise profits in households where women were the only entrepreneurs and in households where other members also had a business.

Head in the Clouds: Using a Cloud-Based Digital Platform to Assess Value Chains

Plan International, DAI

Please join us for an interactive session in which we will share a current digital solution we’re employing in El Salvador to support young people start their own businesses, as part of USAID Bridges to Employment. The value chain assessment tool helps implementers and young people identify market opportunities in their communities. This tool is easily adaptable to other contexts and offers a scalable mechanism to support youth transitioning to the working world. It is our hope that globally, the tool will soon leverage open-sourced and crowd-sourced data.

Youth Voices for Positive Change: An Evidence Based Approach to Developing the Sudanese Youth National Policy

Youth Forum

This session represents the research findings by the Youth Forum Organization to the government for drawing up Sudan’s first National Youth Policy. It is a journey we will take to formulate a new and innovative approach to creating a Sudanese national policy for youth. The aim here is to bring to light the most prominent challenges faced by our youth, and also their aspirations for a policy that will accurately represent them and meet their needs.

Innovative Ways to Learn from Your Evaluation: Before, During, and After

EDC, Asante Africa, Educate!

How can youth programming bridge the disconnect between evaluation and learning? Our organizations are exploring ways to adjust the timing of evaluation to deliver useful information. We will present case studies examining innovative approaches to evaluations that deliver actionable information over time, including:

The Role of Volunteer Business Mentoring in Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship: A Global Perspective

Youth Business International, Middlesex University

Middlesex University Business School (MUBS) and the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) were commissioned by Youth Business International (YBI) in November 2015 to conduct a global longitudinal study to understand ‘what works, where and why’ of how voluntary business mentoring (VBM) assists young entrepreneurs, both in terms of their business start-up and development, but also their personal development and entrepreneurial journey. The team will set out the results of the first phase of the research project, indicting:

The Intersection of Tourism and Youth Development: Innovating the Future of Work for Youth in Jordan

Chemonics International, InterContinental Hotels Group

The future of work for youth in developing countries across the world is contextual and multi-faceted.  In Jordan, there continue to be a wealth of opportunity for youth people to engage in the growing tourism market, demonstrative of incredible work to engage youth where they are in the development of innovative solutions through private-sector partnerships with both local and international organizations.

Case studies on youth employment in fragile situations

UNDP

Under the aegis of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, this joint report by ILO, UNDP and UNHCR presents examples of good practices from around the world, showcasing innovative approaches to youth employment that help to build peace and resilience in fragile and conflict affected situations.

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