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Public Awareness Campaigns

Jobseekers and employers often face information gaps that keep them from understanding one another’s needs. Targeted awareness campaigns can align incentives, skills, and employment and business outcomes.

Digital Self-Employment

The global economy needs to create five million jobs each month to absorb the one billion people that will enter the job market over the next decade. The digital economy can help reach this ambitious goal.

Customizable Education

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.

Apprenticeships

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.

Soft Skills Certification

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.

Employer Partnerships

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.

Freelance jobs and self-employment are held in low esteem culturally

In many countries and cultures, self-employment is seen as inferior to formal employment. Social norms place higher value or...

Employers are not willing or able to use people with no relevant experience

Employers find it risky to employ youth with no previous, relevant experience. Employers also face the higher risk of young...

Entrepreneurship is held in low esteem culturally

Entrepreneurship may be seen as inferior to traditional employment and associated with lower social status among low-income or...

The types of jobs available are constantly changing

Many existing jobs are being lost to automation, particularly in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing that employ large...

The youth bulge: population growth exceeds the rate of job creation

Each year, between 10 and 12 million sub-Saharan African youth enter the labor market amidst fierce competition for jobs. Africa...

Employers have weak human resources capabilities

Effective recruitment requires structuring jobs, articulating skills, reaching prospective candidates, and screening them...

Entrepreneurial mentors and role models are lacking

Entrepreneurs need a range of skills and support services to launch and run their own organizations (e.g. marketing, finance),...

Employers do not know how to best advertise roles

Many employers are unaware of where to best advertise open jobs (e.g. internet, newspaper) and how to tailor listings to attract...

Employers are not able to identify or articulate the soft skills they require

Although strong soft skills (e.g. problem-solving, communication) are important to employers, they are often unable to identify...

Employers are unable to evaluate the soft skills they require in candidates

Despite the importance of strong soft skills (e.g., problem-solving, communication) employers are not able to evaluate soft...