Innovations in quality apprenticeships for high-skilled manufacturing jobs in the United States


This paper investigates quality apprenticeship in three German companies (BMW, Siemens and Volkswagen) that initiated apprenticeship programmes in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee in the southern part of the U.S. The report highlights the strong involvement of the three companies and their active cooperation with community colleges and municipalities in training apprentices in mechatronics, an interdisciplinary area of engineering that combines mechanical and electrical engineering with a high content of computer skills and software knowledge.

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Youth Development Network Meeting

Jun 19, 2014 (09:00am to 11:00am)

Want to work with other youth allies around the county to support coalition building, professional development, networking & resource-sharing among school-age children and youth advocates? Join the Youth Development Network, a fun, creative & productive group of professionals who inform and oversee SOAR’s the youth-related coalition work.

This coalition:

Culturally Responsive Youth Work Matters

University of Minnesota
Aug 19, 2014 (09:00am to 03:30pm)

Examines and develops the concept of creating inclusive youth programs. Participants will explore their own and other cultural identities and examine how these critical elements impact interactions with youth. Also included is a discussion on how a culturally responsive practice creates a sense of belonging and empowerment in young people. Foundations include both lived experience and research.

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DigiGirlz High Tech Camp

Aug 4, 2014 (08:00am) to Aug 8, 2014 (04:30pm)

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs specifically for youth. One of our signature programs, DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls, works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry. We continue to look for opportunities to give young people a chance to experience, firsthand, what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology.

A Chance for Change: Child and Youth Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda


“A Chance for Change: Child and Youth Finance and the Post-2015 Agenda” was organized by CYFI with the support of UNCDF on the 23rd of May, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The meeting featured high-level stakeholders and was attended by 341 participants from 90 countries, including ambassadors and representatives of 43 permanent missions to the UN.

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InterAction Forum 2014

InterAction, AIYD
Jun 10, 2014 (09:30am) to Jun 13, 2014 (05:30pm)

Taking place from June 10-13, 2014.

Higher Education and the World of Work

May 21, 2014 (10:00am to 11:30am)

How do students gain formal work experience during their post-secondary experience before making the transition to formal employment? What are best practices for gaining work experience that prepare students with the soft and hard skills needed to be successful in their professional lives? Join us for a conversation with experts to discuss best practices and lessons learned from current models from around the globe.


Joyce Warner, Senior Vice President, Chief of Staff, IREX


YBI and consortium partners launch field research to boost understanding of context on youth entrepreneurship success


Re-posted with permission from Youth Business International:

Youth Business International (YBI), together with consortium partners Restless Development and War Child UK, are due to launch field research projects with YBI network members, including India and Uganda, aimed at improving industry understanding of how different contexts affect the success of youth entrepreneurship, and assessing how stakeholder programmes promoting entrepreneurship can be adapted to maximise their impact.

Summary Brief: Scan and Review of Youth Development Measurement Tools

USAID, JBS International, Inc

In 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its Policy on Youth in Development that strengthens and expands high-quality youth programming by the Agency, as well as calls for increased rigor in the evaluation of such programs. To support better research on youth development, USAID’s Education Office asked JBS International, Inc.

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Scan and Review of Youth Development Measurement Tools

USAID, JBS International, Inc.

A central constraining issue in the field of youth workforce development is the lack of consensus about how to measure soft and life skills, or “work readiness.” USAID’s Education Office asked JBS International, Inc. to scan and review tools designed to measure developmental assets, workforce readiness skills, and life skills – all areas identified as key stepping stones for young people to achieve positive life outcomes, particularly gainful employment.

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