FULL LIST OF TRAINING & CAPACITY

BLOG: For Better Youth Vocational Training, Ask the Employers, Oct 2016

Creative Associates International

The formula for eliminating the skills gaps between workforce supply and demand is straightforward: Equip the workforce with the skills employers need. To find out just what skills the private sector is looking for, ask them. Salem Helali can attest to the efficacy of this demand-driven approach to workforce development. As Chief of Party for the Afghanistan Workforce Development Program, his team has placed more than 70 percent of its 27,000 graduates in mid-level positions or secured salary promotions with private sector employers.

PROJECT: Youh Global Programme for Sustainable Development & Peace, Oct 2016

United Nations Development Programme

The project aims to systematically foster youth empowerment where UNDP has a presence by significantly boosting the implementation of UNDP's Youth Strategy 2014-2017 (itself aligned with UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017) and to sharpen the organization’s focus and corporate response to the challenges young people face worldwide across three priority thematic areas: enhanced youth civic engagement and participation in decision making and political processes and institutions; increased economic empowerment of youth; and strengthened youth engagement in resilience- and peace-building.

PRESENTATION: Emotional Intelligence for Economic & Social Success: We Know We Need It, But Can We Train for It? Sep 2016

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Yale University

While there is broad agreement on the value of behavioral skills as predictors for economic and social success, can these skills really be developed in education and work readiness training programs for youth? What does it take to mimic the kind of mentorship for young people that occurs in well-functioning families, in these programs and in the workplace? How can we better support youth economic opportunities with the integration of evidence-based practices to enhance emotional intelligence? Through a comparative discussion that draws on leading research from the U.S., and examples from our sector, this plenary will examine the impact of emotional intelligence training, and what these findings mean for youth training programs in development settings.

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PRESENTATION: From Shopkeepers to Shop Masters: Moving Youth Enterprises to the Next Level in the Secret Engine of the Kenyan Economy, Sep 2016

TechnoServe, Elea Foundation for Ethics in Globalization, Citi Foundation

While many young people run businesses, how many actually run them well? What if young entrepreneurs in a critical part of the economy got the tools to take their businesses to the next level? The Smart Duka program in Kenya is finding out the answer. Working with small retail shops in Kenya, which supply up to 80 percent of the country’s consumer goods, TechnoServe, Elea Foundation and Citi Foundation are helping young entrepreneurs find digital and business solutions to maximize the potential of their enterprises. These lessons can be applied to a wide range of youth entrepreneurship efforts worldwide. 

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PRESENTATION: Emotional Intelligence for Economic & Social Success We Know We Need It, But Can We Train for It, Sep 30

Yale University

While there is broad agreement on the value of behavioral skills as predictors for economic and social success, can these skills really be developed in education and work readiness training programs for youth? What does it take to mimic the kind of mentorship for young people that occurs in well-functioning families, in these programs and in the workplace? How can we better support youth economic opportunities with the integration of evidence-based practices to enhance emotional intelligence? Through a comparative discussion that draws on leading research from the U.S., and examples from our sector, this plenary will examine the impact of emotional intelligence training, and what these findings mean for youth training programs in development settings.

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PRESENTATION: Connecting The Dots: Help Us Make Vocational Training in Uganda More Disability-Inclusive, Sep 2016

Sightsavers

Youth in Uganda make up 64% of the total unemployed; a problem that is likely to increase given that 3/4 of the population are under 30. Young people are often ill-equipped to enter the work force and youth with disabilities are doubly disadvantaged and young women even more so. Sightsavers will present its approach to the economic empowerment of young women and men with disabilities, applying its three pronged theory of change. As Sightsavers enters the second phase of this project, help it ensure sustainable results by contributing your experiences and considering how you can make projects disability-inclusive.

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PRESENTATION: Unlocking the Double Hidden Potential of SMEs for Labor Absorption at Scale, Sep 2016

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are often not the first consideration in thinking about inclusive youth employment; their size, diffusion, and accessibility detract from their attractiveness. Yet they have powerful potential not just for labour absorption but for growth stimulus - in South Africa over 50% of hiring is done by SMEs, and approximately 70% identify hiring as the stimulus for their growth. This session will present an emerging solution for linking SME employers and young marginalised work-seekers, and explore the challenges and responses for working with this sector. 

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PRESENTATION: USAID Positive Youth Development Mini Training, Sep 2016

USAID

This session, led by USAID will consist of a ‘mini-training’ geared to strengthen basic understanding of Positive Youth Development approaches and how to incorporate these into workforce development project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Participants will also learn about opportunities to take a cross-sectoral approach when designing workforce programs.

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PRESENTATION: USAID Positive Youth Development Mini Training, Sep 2016

USAID

This session, led by USAID will consist of a ‘mini-training’ geared to strengthen basic understanding of Positive Youth Development approaches and how to incorporate these into workforce development project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation. Participants will also learn about opportunities to take a cross-sectoral approach when designing workforce programs.

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BLOG: Cooking Up a Brighter Future in Bangladesh, August 2016

International Labour Organization

DHAKA (ILO News) – 17-year-old Shanta Akhtar’s family always struggled to make ends meet. Shanta’s father owns a tea stall in the suburbs of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, but providing for six children, including one who is physically disabled, was a struggle.  To help support the family, Shanta’s elder sister took a job in a garment factory. But this was not enough so Shanta’s parents asked her to leave school, before sitting her Junior School Certificate (JSC) examination, and work with her sister. They also wanted her to get married. 

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