Related Issues

Government Regulations

The International Labour Organization finds that too much or too little regulation leads to poor employment outcomes. Rather than increasing or decreasing regulation, we need to identify appropriate mixes of regulations to maximize worker benefits.

Innovative Financing Mechanisms

Students face enormous financial pressures, from day-to-day expenditures to loan repayment, and these pressures come with real risks. There are three main actions that could be game-changing in alleviating the financial pressures students face.

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.

Many youth job seekers have weak CVs that hinder their application success

Applying for job opportunities requires preparation and skills like written communications and a strong CV. Many job seekers do...

Many post-graduates lack the soft skills they need for job market success

Employers increasingly require employees to handle more complex functions that rely heavily on soft skills such as critical...

Many youth have weak job search, application, and interview preparation skills

Accessing and applying for job opportunities requires knowing where to search and how to prepare. Many job seekers do not know...

Many youth are unaware of available job and support opportunities

Job seekers often do not know where or what types of opportunities or support services are available, such as announcements, job...

Youth may lack experience relevant to open positions

Unemployed and underemployed youth lack the relevant experience employers seek, especially since most are first-time job...

Many job seekers have social responsibilities that reduce their mobility options

For those living in remote, rural areas where job opportunities are few, commuting or relocating can be prohibitively expensive...

Job seekers lack access to the basic tools they need to find and apply for jobs

Many job seekers do not have regular access to computers, newspapers, printers, phones, and e-mail, all of which can facilitate...

Necessary requirements for jobs are shifting constantly and quickly

The digital revolution creates new opportunities for innovation and self-employment, but it’s hard for job seekers to predict...

Job seekers often lack access to the internet

Lack of internet access hinders seekers looking for job offers and announcements, labor market intermediaries, and private...

Many job seekers do not understand what skills are required for the job

The skills that secondary and tertiary school graduates have and those that employers want are mismatched. Most youth do not...

Job seekers lack access to financial resources

Students and families struggle to afford the costs associated with education and training opportunities, such as tuition,...

Most youth start out with weak professional networks

Many unemployed and underemployed youth job seekers are first-time applicants or in the early stages of their careers. As a...

Many job seekers lack specific technical skills that employers request

Job seekers often lack the technical skills required for new types of work that are emerging in the digital revolution. This...

Many job seekers lack access to announcements/job boards/matching services

Job seekers may not be able to find information about open positions without regular access to the internet, job search centers,...

Many job seekers lack entrepreneurial skills

Unemployed and underemployed youth lack the technical and entrepreneurial skills required for employment. This could be due to...