FULL LIST OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Workforce development initiatives build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that youth need to obtain and participate in productive work. Activities in this area strive to bring the private and public sector together to ensure that education improves both the workforce readiness and technical skills necessary for youth to participate in the world of work effectively.

Where are we now?

Workforce development as a field is hard to generalize due to its many different providers, approaches, and target populations, which range from universities educating highly-skilled medical personnel to community organizations providing basic literacy skills to out-of-school youth.  However, increasing global unemployment and events, such as the Arab Spring, have highlighted a common problem of these providers - their services have not kept pace with changes in the private sector, leading to widespread mismatches between skills available and those demanded. Practitioners are responding through a renewed emphasis on collaboration with the private sector to ensure that educational institutions and community organizations are providing demand-driven skills to students, while employers invest in improved on-the-job training to build the skills of new employees quickly and cost-effectively.

Trends and Best Practices

  • Private sector buy-in is critical in developing the programs that link young people to formal employment opportunities. When the private sector is an invested party with donors and social organizations, there is greater possibility for young people to access employment opportunities as they continuously develop their skills and knowledge.
  • Young people and their families are looking for programs that offer practical and hands on opportunities, such as apprenticeships with trade based companies or internships with companies or NGO's. Some programs offer voucher systems that cover the cost of the internships, which have been particularly successful for young women seeking employment in more conservative countries. Participation in workforce development programs often increases when these practical opportunities for relevant skills application are included.
  • Many vocational institutions are not best placed to develop the technical skills of young people given the high rate of change in technology and the challenges for these institutions to keep pace. The private sector, on the other hand, has to keep pace with the market to remain competitive and therefore offers an alternative housing of skills development offerings.
  • Historically, workforce development focused primarily on building technical skills required for a given trade. However, most programs now recognize the importance of incorporating work-readiness skills, including basic literacy, numeracy, and job conduct. If these skills are lacking, it will make their ability to function in the workplace and learn more specialized vocational skills very weak.1
  • Creating employment opportunities is just as important as skills building and should encompass all types of employment – formal, informal, and self-employment. The latter two are particularly important for vulnerable populations, such as women and youth, who may be excluded from formal employment.

 

BLOG: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity for Youth

According to the recently released United Nations report (“World Urbanization Prospects”), more than half of humanity now lives in cities. Today, 54% of the world’s population, 3.9 billion people, resides in urban areas, compared to only 30% back in 1950. The report predicts that cities will add an additional 2.5 billion people by 2050, with nearly 90% of this increase happening in Asia and Africa.

BLOG: Workforce Development: A shift into high gear

This year’s Workforce Development Track of the Making Cents conference saw more than a tenfold increase in proposal submissions and will feature a record number of panelists across nine distinct workforce themed panels. The lineup of proposals and participants provides terrific insight into the range and diversity of workforce issues that the development community and countries at large are grappling with, including public private partnerships, work-based learning interventions, soft-skills measurement, technology applications, career development practices and mentorship programs.     

Call for Proposals Opens: Present at the 2016 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

Making Cents International
Feb 16, 2016 (All day)
To be considered as a presenter at the 10th annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, taking place September 28-30 in Washington, D.C., proposals must be submitted by March 25. Visit www.YouthEOSummit.org to learn more and access the proposal form. 
Key Information:
  • Summit Date: September 28-30, 2016
  • Location: Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington VA
  • Who can submit: Any interested parties

Matchmaking In The Digital Age

Originally posted by: Dalberg-Digital Sharing's Next Frontier

Globally, 75 million youth are unemployed and another 536 million underemployed, hindered by a lack of formal full-time jobs and a mismatch between skills and employer needs. 

Apply now for a Paid, Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps!

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Apply now for a Paid, Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps!

Seeking Global NGO Leaders for Paid Fellowship in U.S

Priority Deadline: March 10, but applications accepted year-round

Atlas Corps seeks nonprofit leaders from around the world to apply for a paid 6-18 month, overseas fellowship program.

Knowledge Management Platform to Increase the Scale & Sustainability of Youth Economic Opportunity Programs: 2015 Results & 2016 Summit Sponsorship Information

Meeting the needs of the global youth population requires evidence-based, scalable, and sustainable initiatives. In response, Making Cents International offers a demand-driven Knowledge Management (KM) platform that builds the capacity of youth development stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate high-impact youth economic opportunity programs, policies, and partnerships. The platform components are:

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Rethinking Work for Human Development

Originally posted by: Youth Employment Decade

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.

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