This story is part of a special report on the global youth unemployment crisis, “Generation TBD.” It's the result of a GroundTruth reporting fellowship featuring 21 correspondents in 11 countries, a year-long effort that brings together media, technology, education and humanitarian partners for an authoritative exploration of the problem and possible solution
A second year student from Salford City College’s Future Skills has started building a career, at one of the most well-known brands in the country. Eighteen-year-old Zubair Rana from Cheetham Hill has secured a part-time job at ITV’s Media City UK office, after completing a six-week summer placement there as part of his college course.
Thoughtfully designed digital sharing connects youth in emerging markets with employers that need immediate short-term work. Employers find freelancers through an online platform that aligns availability, pay, and skills with the task needed. The platform matches and verifies the identity of both parties, and facilitates the digital transfer of payments, IP, and confidentiality agreements as necessary. The freelancer provides high-quality work, and the employer pays, provides feedback, and rates their experience.
Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit/NGO professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the U.S. Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the nonprofit sector in 6-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing) and health insurance.
On 14th December, the 2015 Human Development Report titled ‘Work for Human Development’ was presented in Addis Ababa. The document, reported on by the experts Mikel Mancisidor and Alfonso Dubois, underlines the new challenges affecting labour and employment.
Africa has the youngest population in the world, with 200 million people ages 15-24. Current trends indicate that figure will double by 2045. Youth Employment is growing in prominence on the agenda of the African Union (AU), a coalition of 54 Member states established to help bring about “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena.”
The Workforce Connections inventory is an evolving collaborative learning initiative in support of the project’s objective to generate, synthesize, and disseminate evidence. We examined a USAID-funded portfolio of $1.2 billion of projects awarded since 2008 that either have a workforce development focus or include workforce development as a significant component, by drawing from existing project databases and input from community of practice members. Based on this review, we present here a preliminary analytical snapshot.
The economic and social prospects are daunting for the 89 million out-of-school youth who comprise nearly half of all youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Within the next decade when this cohort becomes the core of the labor market, an estimated 40 million more youth will drop out, and will face an uncertain future without work and life skills. Their lack of work and life skills will impair these youth’s ability to get good jobs in desirable occupations, resulting in low and unstable incomes while exposing them to potentially long periods of unemployment.