Skills mismatches are the second largest driver of youth unemployment in Africa. Traditional education systems are not keeping up with the needs of the quickly changing global economy, but customizable education can address many barriers students face.
A staple of professional growth for centuries, an apprenticeship is a time-tested concept that gives youth the opportunity to gain technical expertise in practice. An apprenticeship can result in a long-term job offer or at least provide a great reference.
Countries with the lowest youth unemployment rates have one thing in common: a close connection between education and work. To foster high employment, employers, governments and educators need to partner to ensure education systems map to employers’ needs.
In today’s shifting labor market, soft skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication are key to job success across all industries. However, these skills are difficult to define and measure and require extensive screening.