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.
This paper reviews the recent literature on measuring and fostering cognitive and non-cognitive skills. IQ tests and achievement tests do not adequately capture non- cognitive skills personality traits, goals, character, motivations, and preferences that are valued in the labour market, in school, and in many other domains. For many outcomes, their predictive power rivals or exceeds that of cognitive skills.
The Report highlights impressive progress on human development over the past quarter century. Today people are living longer, more children are in school and more people have access to clean water and basic sanitation. Per capita income in the world has gone up, and poverty has gone down, resulting in a better standard of living for many people. The digital revolution has connected people across countries and societies. Work has contributed to this progress by building people’s capabilities.
Imagine this scene- The public school district, city government, and local businesses have kicked off a citywide effort to build social and emotional learning (SEL) skills for adolescents in the City of Milwaukee. As part of the initiative, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM) staff meet to discuss their response: How do we use the initiative as an opportunity to increase access for youth who we know are not being adequately served?
The long-term effects of the U.S. financial crisis and ensuing global downturn continue to be felt worldwide. In particular, it is the new entrants into the labour market – the youth – who are bearing the brunt of the sluggish global economy. Young people are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed, while even amongst the employed youth, many young people have only informal, temporary, or unpaid family jobs.
The Youth Economic Strategy (YES) Index seeks to provide policymakers, business leaders and other stakeholders with comprehensive and comparative data on the economic situation of youth in the 35 cities it covers. The index aims to inspire policymakers, the private sector and civil society to improve opportunities for youth aged 13 to 25. Are cities providing the enabling environment that supports the economic aspirations of youth? Are they making the proper investments and policy decisions to support youth and enable them to reap youth-driven dividends in the future?
Citi Foundation, UN-HABITAT, Making Cents International
The world is becoming more urban, and residents of cities are becoming younger. By 2030, it is predicted that 60% of the world’s population will live in cities, of which up to 60% will be under the age of 18. But are cities ready for the challenges and opportunities associated with this rapid growth? In particular, are cities building the infrastructure and environment to provide economic opportunities for this growing youth population?
On September 25-27, 2015, the United Nations is holding a summit at which the Sustainable Development Goals and their associated targets for the next fifteen years are to be adopted. The Goals are fully integrated and indivisible, but the first three (of 17) have a direct bearing on the central theme addressed in this year’s Africa Agriculture Status Report: Youth in Agriculture.
Unemployment in any form is a drag on an economy and society. It undercuts productivity, spending, and investment, stunting national growth. It contributes to inequality and spurs social tension. Joblessness and inactivity and the failure to tap into the economic aspirations and resources of young people carry an even higher price. Experience and increasing evidence show the significant social and economic costs of youth un- and underemployment and economic inactivity on individuals and families, and on present and future national and global prosperity and security.
Starting today, every one of us can work together and take concrete steps to ensure young Americans are thriving in their jobs, schools and communities. Generated by the priorities of our diverse, cross-sector coalition and an extensive listening tour with key partners, Opportunity Nation is releasing our plan to tackle the U.S. youth employment crisis: WE GOT THIS.
Getting youth into productive employment is an urgent policy issue for countries around the world. A successful transition to the labor force is essential for young people to be assured of success in life, but many young people encounter significant obstacles to this transition. Youth are three times more likely than adults to be unemployed; worldwide, almost 73 million youth are looking for work. In the wake of the financial crisis at the end of the last decade, the share of youth neither participating in the labor force nor enrolled in school has been increasing.