The magnitude of the global youth unemployment challenge is enormous. Few dispute that the field is desperate for innovation. But how do we generate, test, and scale good ideas?
The workforce situation in El Salvador is typical of many countries around the world – on the one hand young people struggling to find meaningful work and on the other businesses complaining that their growth and competitiveness is constrained by the difficulty and cost of finding people with the right skills and competencies.
Currently, about 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. Those who succeed in finding employment are typically hired into low-skilled, low-productivity positions, often in the informal sector. For those who don’t find work, the impact of long-term unemployment can be devastating and have long-lasting impacts, putting social cohesion at threat.
Youth Service America
The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries - regardless of income - to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
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.
The Huffington Post
Every two years, the International Labour Organization produces a report on labour-market trends for young people. It's called the Global Employment Trends for Youth (GET Youth) and the most recent edition makes for sobering reading.
Intel is working to empower girls to create tomorrow’s technology through programs like this summer camp that brought girls from nine countries together in Rwanda.
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneur’s (ANDE) and SAP
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.
HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
Part 3: Career guidance centre in Kosovo bridges the gap between VET schools and private sector
In our third and final blog about labour market interventions in Eastern Europe we will talk about career guidance centres for students of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Kosovo. The story describes how a new and sustainable approach towards career guidance ensures VET students and private companies receive better services.