Distance Makes the Job Grow Harder: New Approaches for Understanding the Geography of Student Transitions from Home to School to Work
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? What if locality is challenged by long and costly commute distances to school and work? We present data collected by RTI in Kenya and Harambee in South Africa that geo-spatially answers these questions of location (home of origin, training location, current residence, employment location) and discusses the implications for a training provider’s student.