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.

Opportunity Youth Leadership & Community-Based, Cross-sector Collaboration

Prudential Financial, Global Opportunity Youth Initiative (GOYI), The Aspen Institute, YouthBuild, Accenture

Three young leaders from the Global Opportunity Youth Initiative (GOYI) will share their experience in helping to establish community-based, cross-sector opportunity youth collaboratives across the globe.

Putting South Africa to Work: The Role of the Jobs Fund in Supporting Enterprise Development

Genisis Analytics

The Jobs Fund is a R9 billion fund established by the South African Government in 2011, which aims to catalyze job creation through structured partnerships with private organizations and enterprises.

It's Impossible to Break the Glass Ceiling If You Can't Get in the Door: Increasing Women's Workforce Participation in Afghanistan

Chemonics International

In this breakout session, facilitators will present the findings of a workplace obstacles assessment conducted by USAID’s Women in Government (WIG) project in Afghanistan.

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No Longer a Last Resort: Transitioning Youth into the Workforce through Strengthened TVET Education in Ethiopia and Kenya

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), Dalhousie University, Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

Technical Educational and Vocational Training (TVET) institutions are key players in the youth employment market system and central to the strategies of governments worldwide to increasing economic opportunities for youth

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Presentation

Youth Economic Opportunities and Violence in Central America

Making Cents International, International Development Research Centre, National Scientific & Technical Research Council, FLASCO Costa Rica, Fundacion Salvador del Mundo (FUSALMO)

 

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YouthLead Photo Contest

YouthLead

ABOUT THE YOUTHLEAD PHOTO CONTEST

Showcase your work globally! This photo contest provides you, as a young changemaker, a global platform to show the impact of your changemaking activities. We will award ten prizes to the best photos that demonstrate how your work creates a positive impact in your community. 

We are looking for creative and high-quality photos that tell a powerful story of how you are achieving impact in your community, however you define that community—your neighborhood, your district, your school or university, your country….or the planet.

Evaluation of Impact: The Rockefeller Foundation’s Digital Jobs Africa Initiative

The Rockafeller Foundation

In 2013, the United Nations projected that Africa would be home to over 40 percent of the global youth population by 2030. The challenge of how to successfully absorb these young people into the formal economy became top of mind for governments, policymakers and development practitioners.

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Creating Jobs Through Enterprise Development: Lessons From an Impact Study on Selected Projects from the Jobs Fund Enterprise Development Portfolio

The Jobs Fund

Small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) have been acknowledged as important contributors to economic growth and vehicles of job creation in both developed and developing countries. Furthermore, local communities can benefit from the presence of SMMEs as they assist in stabilising local economies, improving resilience, and providing a base of economic activity. 3 However, SMMEs tend to face a number of constraints that prohibit them from growing into sustainable businesses.

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World Bank and UNICEF Partner to Promote Education, Skills and Training for Young People

World Bank, UNICEF

World Bank to invest $1 billion to boost job prospects for young people in alignment with Generation Unlimited

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 – The World Bank and UNICEF announced a new commitment to promote education, skills and training for young people in developing countries with the goal of boosting their employment prospects. 

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