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 proliferation of evidence of what works for youth employment and workforce development programs, has not been matched by an understanding of the cost-drivers and value for money of similar interventions. Without clear financial models, it’s difficult to develop a business case for employers to absorb some of the associated training costs currently subsidized by donors; this makes creating pathways to scale a challenge. It discourages employers from paying for training, even when it increases productivity and retention and decreases recruitment costs for entry-level employees.
Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation (CTA)
The role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in strengthening and promoting agricultural enterprises has never been greater.Furthermore, governments, private sector, multi-lateral and non-governmental organisations (NGO), and especially young people, are increasingly viewing the intersection of ICTs and the agriculture sector as a prime means of tackling the global youth unemployment challenge by enabling enterprise.
Despite the recent economic slowdown, the majority of African countries continue to experience economic growth, rising trade and increasing inflows of foreign investment. Peace, political stability and good governance are also on the rise. Yet a closer examination offers a sobering reminder that growth alone does not guarantee equitable development.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
A unique global partnership aims to lift the economic prospects of young people entering the workforce.
NEW YORK (ILO News) – Amid the global youth employment crisis – characterized by unprecedented levels of unemployment, poor quality and low paying jobs – the UN system is launching an ambitious initiative to generate decent jobs for youth and to assist in their transition from school-to-work.
Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University
The SCALERS model proposes that successful scaling of a social venture requires developing a mix of organizational capabilities that are tailored to the venture’s unique innovation and ecosystem.
Management Systems International
Are you designing, running, funding or evaluating an organization or a pilot program that has the potential to reach regional or national scale? This Lab provides participants with a management framework, a set of practical tools, and a variety of tips intended to increase their programs’ prospects for achieving sustainability and scale. It will include discussion of ongoing efforts to scale a range of youth and enterprise development models, hands-on practice applying a scalability assessmen
International Labour Organization
The youth employment crisis is easing, at least in terms of global trends…
After the period of rapid increase between 2007 and 2010, the global youth unemployment rate settled at 13.0 per cent for the period 2012 to 2014. At the same time, the number of unemployed youth declined by 3.3 million from the crisis peak: 76.6 million youth were unemployed in 2009 compared to an estimated 73.3 million in 2014.
Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE)
A Good Job means equality. A Good Job means opportunity. A good job means excitement. A Good Job means sustainability. These are just a few of the descriptions of a “Good Job” that we heard from youth and others in attendance at last October’s launch event for Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) coalition.
It was at this event that S4YE unveiled a vision for a world where all youth have access to work opportunities that empower them to escape poverty, thus boosting shared prosperity worldwide. An urgent challenge. A massive opportunity.
Originally published by BPESA on September 4, 2015
With over 215,000 people employed, the contact centre industry is one of South Africa’s major sources of employment and is one of the few industries accessible to a large percentage of South Africa’s unemployed youth.