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.
Making Cents International, DAI/Puentes, Room to Read
Despite considerable progress made in understanding the importance of soft skills for positive youth development and gathering evidence, challenges remain to developing effective and contextualized soft skills curricula, successfully measuring these skills, and interpreting the results. Presenters and attendees discussed what we know about the importance of soft skills in different contexts in LMICs, how we adapt and teach them, and how we measure them.
Fundacion Espacio Publico, Fundación Capital, El Colegio de México, Canada´s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Espacio Público, an independent Chilean think tank, with the support and collaboration of IDRC and the IADB, has coordinated a research project on youth education and labor decisions in 9 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Incubators and accelerators are playing a larger role in startup communities around the world, and growing number target young social impact entrepreneurs. Yet the differences between incubators and accelerators is often not well defined or understood and, when it comes to quality, not all incubators and accelerators created equal. Although early evidence signals their potential to improve startups’ outcomes, and for these benefits to spill over into the broader startup community, the measurable impact of incubators and accelerators on performance varies widely among programs.
Global Communities, Overseas Development Institute, Berock Ventures Limited
The construction sector is booming around the world, providing lucrative employment opportunities for young people. However, construction work takes place primarily in the informal sector in many places. How can systems thinking be applied to better prepare youth to take advantage of this growth?
Youth succeed when they have adequate support systems in place that encourage socioeconomic success. The enabling environment refers to the people in a child's life that model the key skills for success later in life. How can parents, mentors, teachers and employeers interact with youth without stifiling individual development?
Search Institute establishes a framework for influential figures in a child's life, while Save the Children and FHI360 demonstate how this framework can be practically applied.
Commonweath Secretariat London, Jamaica School for Social Entrepreneurship
Over many years the Commonwealth Secretariat has made concerted efforts to encourage youth entrepreneurship as a pragmatic strategy to address spiralling youth unemployment and to positively harness young people’s potential.
Soft skills refer to the personal habits that lead to success in both the workforce and in interpersonal relationships. This training workshop demonstrated how to teach soft skills, provide detailed information on which specific soft skills lead to employment, and encourage collaborative learning with other practictioners. Readers are encouraged to develop their own soft skill teaching plan based on the pedagogical principles presented.
Young people are not developing the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. UNICEF proposes that a holistic approach to skill building strengthens youth confidence and has a higher success rate than a static approach. This idea is demonstrated by UPSHIFT, a flagship UNICEF workshop that teaches marginalized youth the skills necessary to becoming social innovators and entrepreneuers. This presentation establishes UNICEF's research on youth workforce preparedness and provides case studies on the UPSHIFT Program's success in Kosovo and Jordan.
The presenters shared an introduction to the Bright Future World Café process, setting the context, and sharing the do’s and don’ts. A methodology was used for challenging and identifyiong underlying assumptions. Attendees shared insights or other results from their conversations with the rest of the large group. The basic process is simple and simple to learn, but complexities and nuances of context, numbers, questions, and purpose were taken into consideration to optimize the results of the session.