Ready for the Global Workforce
The Ready for the Global Workforce Summit track explores young peoples’ preparation for, access to, and participation in the formal and informal economy. The track is focused on: 1) the impact of a changing workforce on young people (e.g., the skills gap, automation, digital disruption, decentralization of employment, new and emerging industries of opportunity); 2) rural economies and agriculture (e.g., changing agri-business, youth access to land, finance, training, the impact of climate change and youth responses); 3) employer engagement, including strategies for work readiness and demand-driven training, talent acquisition, retention, work-based learning and mentorship, and effective private sector partnerships.
This year we consider these questions against the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the global economy now and in the future. Live breakout sessions include a cross-cutting focus on topics such as youth engagement, gender, disability inclusion, and private-sector partnerships.
Track Event Details and Sessions
On Thursday September 17th from 9:00 am – 11:30 am EST, the YEO Network convened the third in a series of seven online Global Youth Economic Opportunities (GYEO) Summit events that follow our technical tracks in skills development, workforce readiness, self-employment and entrepreneurship, and cross-cutting topics such as gender, conflict, systems change, policy, and more. Visit each track page watch each session and learn more.
Date & Time:
Thursday, September 17th, 9:00 am – 11:30 am EDT
Two and a half hours, online, advance registration required.
Schedule of Events:
9:00 am – 9:10 am - Welcome & Opening
9:10 am – 10:10 am - Track Opening & Headline Speakers
10:10 – 10:15 am - Transition to Breakout Sessions
10:15 am – 11:15 am - Four concurrent 60-minute breakout sessions 11:30 am - Event Close
Private Sector Engagement: Small is Beautiful
World Vision and World Vision Honduras
Effective private sector engagement (PSE) is the holy grail of scaling access to youth economic opportunities. While developing partnerships with a few medium to large employers would seem an obvious strategy, hard-won lessons from the field support an alternative approach - building partnerships with many small, local employers and adapting programs in real-time to meeting their needs and closing the gap between labor demand and supply. This session will tell the story of a project in Honduras that shifted to a ‘small is beautiful’ approach, which increased private sector commitment to youth outcomes, demonstrated a more effective way to scale economic opportunities to youth, and led to nuanced collaborations to innovate targeted employment solutions (like online Talent Banks, micro franchises for youth with disabilities, local Employment Centers, and Idea Banks to connect financial partners with youth entrepreneurs).
Re-imagining Skills to Jobs Value Chains
Inclusion Works, Uganda & Kenya
Based on new evidence generated through Labor Market Assessments undertaken in Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and Bangladesh, the Inclusive Futures program is working to tackle barriers faced by both employers and youth with disabilities in realizing fully inclusive formal employment systems.
Specific program strategies target:
developing the disability confidence of employers and their ability to attract applications from youth with disabilities,
developing the agency (self-confidence) of disabled jobseekers
addressing barriers in the enabling environment which prevent youth with disabilities in accessing opportunities to develop employability skills and assets
This session explores the potential of creating new, collaborative ecosystems between the public and private sector which align with the principle of positive youth development and catalyze transformative change to labor markets. The session includes how the program brings together the strengths of CISCO Systems’ skills academies, Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Learning Exchange and employers like Safaricom in Kenya to create inclusive employment ecosystems.
Trade-Offs in Demand-Driven vs. Youth-Inclusive: Aligning Stakeholder Priorities in Workforce Development
Education Development Center Inc. (EDC),
Young Social and Business Entrepreneur
In recent years, evidence has shown how demand-driven workforce development approaches—those that respond to private sector needs—yield better youth employment outcomes. Meanwhile, the field of positive youth development (USAID, 2017) has shown the importance of giving space to youth’s voices and initiatives to connect and create employment opportunities. However, in day-to-day programming, these recommendations may seem to compete with each other and leave implementers with the question: how do we navigate—or align—these different stakeholder priorities? This participatory session aims to articulate a response from different voices. First, by responding to this question from experiences at Accenture’s Near Hire Program (private sector), EDC’s Employment Connectors Guide (implementers) and a young African change-maker from the YouthLead.org platform. Then, inviting participants to discuss on how they are addressing this challenge. All ideas will be recorded in www.padlet.com, an online bulletin board, and share with participants for future reference.
Youth-Led Economic Journeys: How Research, Program, and Policy Can Support Youth in Designing their Own Path