Globally, growing numbers of youth enter the labour market very year in developing markets. Although many more than ever have been able to attend school for an ever-growing number of years, many do graduate without being able to read properly and do simple arithmetic. Training in practical skills is mostly not included in school curricula and formal vocational training hardly exists.
Research has shown that the most successful interventions to sustainably include youth in quality jobs, combine technical skills training (based on an analysis of a region’s current and future economic potential), life skills training and personalized coaching. At the same time, establishing strong links with potential employers to be able to adapt trainings to evolving demand and to be able to provide opportunities for youth to get real-life work exposure. Realities for youth in rural areas differ substantially from the city. In many rural areas the management of generational change in the production of cash crops is a challenge.
However, inclusion – be it as an employee or a micro entrepreneur – is not per se a success if youth are forced to work in precarious conditions. The aim is to include them in quality jobs with formal work contracts, social security and a salary at least at the level of the country’s minimum salary.
We help you design efficient vocational training projects, focusing on effective inclusion including research on market potential, development of training and accompanying mechanisms as well as design of monitoring and evaluation systems.