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.
Standard workforce development models assume a tight coupling between student, school, and employer locations. Indeed, training providers are admonished to “just find out what local employers want/need” and then simply recruit and train local youth for these jobs. But what if these dynamics are not exactly local but more regional, national, and transnational due to youth migration and/or job availability?
Young people are increasingly linked to targeted agriculture and food security interventions. In Africa, the argument is that the combination of agricultural value chains, technology and entrepreneurship will unlock a sweet spot for youth employment. This article examines this argument from a rural transformations perspective. A framework is proposed with which to analyse young people’s economic room to manoeuvre in different rural contexts and the differential abilities of young people to exploit associated opportunities.
RTI International, Education Development Center (EDC)
In an environment of growing scrutiny of donor-funded development activities, practitioners, including youth practitioners, must show evidence of the broader economic value of investments in workforce development. Using the USAID’s Local Enterprise Value-chain Enhancement (LEVE) project in Haiti as a case study, RTI International will share a framework to support implementers to better estimate, understand and demonstrate the economic impact of workforce development and economic growth programs on the larger economy.
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Young women and men today face an ever more difficult task in finding their place in the world of work. In low- and middle-income countries, informal employment has come to dominate young people’s labour market experiences, while in high-income countries, work for youth increasingly means temporary and other non-standard forms of employment.
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Over the next few decades, agriculture will continue to be the dominant sector of employment and a vital source of labor for most young people in Africa. Harnessing youth’s potential to participate meaningfully in their food systems, from production to plate, has the potential to increase their productivity and revenues, as well as ensure the resilience and food security of their households.