FULL LIST OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Workforce development initiatives build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that youth need to obtain and participate in productive work. Activities in this area strive to bring the private and public sector together to ensure that education improves both the workforce readiness and technical skills necessary for youth to participate in the world of work effectively.

Where are we now?

Workforce development as a field is hard to generalize due to its many different providers, approaches, and target populations, which range from universities educating highly-skilled medical personnel to community organizations providing basic literacy skills to out-of-school youth.  However, increasing global unemployment and events, such as the Arab Spring, have highlighted a common problem of these providers - their services have not kept pace with changes in the private sector, leading to widespread mismatches between skills available and those demanded. Practitioners are responding through a renewed emphasis on collaboration with the private sector to ensure that educational institutions and community organizations are providing demand-driven skills to students, while employers invest in improved on-the-job training to build the skills of new employees quickly and cost-effectively.

Trends and Best Practices

  • Private sector buy-in is critical in developing the programs that link young people to formal employment opportunities. When the private sector is an invested party with donors and social organizations, there is greater possibility for young people to access employment opportunities as they continuously develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Young people and their families are looking for programs that offer practical and hands on opportunities, such as apprenticeships with trade based companies or internships with companies or NGO's. Some programs offer voucher systems that cover the cost of the internships, which have been particularly successful for young women seeking employment in more conservative countries. Participation in workforce development programs often increases when these practical opportunities for relevant skills application are included.
  • Many vocational institutions are not best placed to develop the technical skills of young people given the high rate of change in technology and the challenges for these institutions to keep pace. The private sector, on the other hand, has to keep pace with the market to remain competitive and therefore offers an alternative housing of skills development offerings.
  • Historically, workforce development focused primarily on building technical skills required for a given trade. However, most programs now recognize the importance of incorporating work-readiness skills, including basic literacy, numeracy, and job conduct. If these skills are lacking, it will make their ability to function in the workplace and learn more specialized vocational skills very weak.
  • Creating employment opportunities is just as important as skills building and should encompass all types of employment – formal, informal, and self-employment. The latter two are particularly important for vulnerable populations, such as women and youth, who may be excluded from formal employment.

BLOG: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth

Making Cents International

According to the recently released United Nations report (“World Urbanization Prospects”), more than half of humanity now lives in cities. Today, 54% of the world’s population, 3.9 billion people, resides in urban areas, compared to only 30% back in 1950. The report predicts that cities will add an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, with nearly 90% of this increase happening in Asia and Africa.

BLOG: Workforce Development: A shift into high gear

RTI

This year’s Workforce Development Track of the Making Cents conference saw more than a tenfold increase in proposal submissions and will feature a record number of panelists across nine distinct workforce themed panels. The lineup of proposals and participants provides terrific insight into the range and diversity of workforce issues that the development community and countries at large are grappling with, including public private partnerships, work-based learning interventions, soft-skills measurement, technology applications, career development practices and mentorship programs.     

International Center for Research On Women Accepting Applications for the Mariam K. Chamberlain Award

International Center for Research on Women

ICRW is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Mariam K. Chamberlain Award, which honors the legacy of Dr. Mariam K. Chamberlain, a visionary who founded Re:Gender – formerly the National Council for Research on Women – in 1981. The $10,000 award will support a first-generation doctoral student, as they work on a dissertation under the close supervision of a senior dissertation advisor over one academic year.

BLOG: Quality Apprenticeships: Life-changing experiences

Work in Progress, International Labour Organization

Originally published on iloblog.org

Ashwani Aggarwal, Team Lead (Work based Learning, Apprenticeships and Recognition of Prior Learning), ILO

Deloitte Global Youth Survey

Deloitte Global in collaboration with the Global Business Coalition for Education

We are seeking the voice of youth globally ages 15 to 29 to better understand youth skill development and youth employment.

Please share the survey with your friends and peers by copying and pasting this message:

Share your voice and perspective on youth skills and youth employment. If you are between 15 and 29 years old, please click here for a brief 5-minute Global Youth Survey à https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gbce2018

YouthPower Learning Webinar: Strategies for Engaging Youth Refugees: Lessons from Niger

ORGANIZER: 
YouthPower Learning
DATE: 
Jun 13, 2018 (09:00am to 10:00am)

Strategies for Engaging Youth Refugees: Lessons from Niger

When:
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (EDT)

Tech & Innovation for Employment

ORGANIZER: 
Mercy Corps
DATE: 
May 23, 2018 (08:00am to 06:00pm)

Mercy Corps’ Youth Impact Labs in partnership with Google.org are joining forces to host an event that will bring together thought leaders in technology and innovation for youth employment in Eastern Africa. We will meet in an intimate gathering to explore how tech-enabled solutions can unlock opportunities for youth entrepreneurship and employment in the region and beyond.

Building an Evidence Base on Rural Youth Employment and Livelihoods

ORGANIZER: 
Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD); Feed the Future; USAID
DATE: 
May 8, 2018 (All day)

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and USAID are pleased to invite the food and agricultural research community, global development practitioners and donors, and U.S. Government interagency partners to participate in a public meeeting on the evidence base on rural youth employment and livelihoods. The public meeting will be held in Washington, DC on May 8, 2018.

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