What’s the issue?
We put a strong emphasis on the fact that education should include the understanding of how to enter the job market. Recent studies suggest that there has been a growing number of unemployed youth across the world and it would be obvious to reduce unemployability in order to have a sustainable future.
The conditions for employment are even worse for women and they are more vulnerable to unemployment than men. Good work is therefore one of our focus point because a secured job can remove people from the circle of poverty which would then lead to further development. Having the required skills is key for employment, something which the present day youth are lacking. The fourth SDG recognises the importance of skills required for employment and the World Economic Forum also suggests that skills’ training is essential to tackle poverty. Prioritising skills training on the global agenda is a good start but there needs to be an emphasis on its implementation as well. There is evidence that strategies for vocational training can be helpful and therefore a commitment to such strategies at the national level is very important.
- The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has recently started a campaign around the value of “decent work”, which they similarly define as having fair working conditions and remuneration.
- Restricting job opportunities for women is costly. In Asia-Pacific, where 45% of women remain outside the formal labor market, their opportunity deficit is thought to cost the region up to USD 42-46 billion per year.
The partners we support typically run courses with direct links to professional, decent work and have impressive employment rates for their alumni. For example, our partners in Nigeria, Philippines and DRC help girls develop skills and work experience to enter nursing and hospitality. In general, vocational training and skills development increases the chances of employability and set a reliable trajectory for poverty eradication. Our aim beyond our projects is to shine a light on the effectiveness of this model of vocational training for employment, empowerment and prosperity.