Manufacturing companies and an educated workforce

Boston College Carroll School of Management: Center for Corporate Citizenship
Jul 9, 2014 (12:00pm to 01:00pm)

Many companies rely on a strong technical workforce to run effectively. Unfortunately, those entering the workforce with the necessary skills to drive innovation and increase productivity - particularly in the STEM fields - are few and far between.

When the First Rung Is Too High


The young man at the Apple Genius Bar asked me what kind of work I did while he was trying to fix my laptop last week. I told him, “I work on creating good jobs and higher skills in developing countries.” I also told him that 87% of the planet’s 1.2 billion 16-24 year olds live in developing countries where there are few good jobs and where the education and training systems are often completely out of synch with the needs of modern economies. He appeared interested, so I continued: “3 out of 5 of all the unemployed in sub-Saharan Africa are youth people living on less than $2/day.

Training Youth for Energy Jobs: Helping Youth Solve Energy Problems Through Job Training


Among Brazil’s poor, youth unemployment can be as high as 66 percent. Young people looking for work lack the skills, experience, and education that make them desirable in a tight labor market. Another, very different, problem among the poor is access to electricity. About 12 to 15 million poor live without electricity — they are not connected to the nation’s power grid.

USAID is tackling these two problems with a joint solution: training youth how to install renewable energy systems that do not rely on access to the nation’s power grid.

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Connecting Youth to Opportunity:Better Understanding the Needs of Disconnected Young People in Washington, DC

The DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA)

This report highlights key findings from a recent survey and a series of focus groups with 481 youth ages 16–24 from across the District of Columbia who were at least marginally reconnected to various schools, training programs, or community based social-service organizations. This research effort was designed to better understand how, when, and why youth choose to reconnect, the barriers that prevent reconnection, and the strategies that could facilitate reconnection.

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Youth Employment in Africa: Whose job is it? Webinar & Twitter Chat

Ashoka, MasterCard Foundation
Jun 25, 2014 (09:00am to 11:00pm)

Around the world, the communities with the brightest futures create innovative opportunities for youth to build sustainable livelihoods, pursue meaningful careers and shape better realities for themselves and for those around them. Unfortunately, in many communities within sub-Saharan Africa, youth find themselves jobless and entrenched in systems that do not welcome innovation or change.

Connected Worker: How mobile technology can improve working life in emerging economies

Vodafone, Accenture

This report sets out to build on this exciting innovation and demonstrate how mobile technology can help to improve lives in emerging markets by looking at six opportunities to create shared value for workers and organisations.

Note: Statistics regarding Youth Unemployment can be found on pages 8-10 of this report.

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Mobile Services for Youth Employment

GSMA, Alcatel-Lucent

From GSMA and Alcatel-Lucent. This global study was undertaken to understand the challenges and needs of youth overcoming employment obstacles. It addresses how mobile services could play a key role in combating the problems and providing solutions.

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Scaling Mobile Employment Services: A Stakeholder Perspective – Increasing opportunities for youth through mobile

GSMA Mobile for Employment

The Mobile for Employment programme held a workshop on the topic of ‘Youth, Mobile and  Employment’ in Kigali, Rwanda on 28th January 2014. This report highlights the key findings of the workshop along with a review of the employment market in Rwanda. It discusses the commercial and operational considerations for all stakeholders and introduces possible business models along with recommendations to accelerate MNO market entry and participation in this sector in a meaningful and value-adding role.

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How Can mEmployment Improve Youth Opportunities in Africa?

GSMA Mobile for Development
Jun 12, 2014 (08:30am to 11:00am)

Mobile technology is growing in Africa: the number of mobile connections has risen to 824 million in 2014, an almost 75% market penetration).

Public and private innovators are leveraging this near ubiquity of mobile technology to address youth employment and issues. By providing services to match labour supply and demand, these pioneers are helping to bridge some of these gaps.

How can mEmployment solutions scale?

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: