2022
S4YE

This Knowledge Brief focuses on platforms that have leveraged novel digital technologies to deliver location-agnostic mentoring solutions to youth. We explore 6 key operational areas where innovations have helped make e-mentoring processes more effective and efficient- 1) Recruitment of mentors and mentees using online marketing strategies, leveraging online networks and professional communities like LinkedIn. 2) Screening potential mentors and mentees through algorithms that match key pre-set criteria. 3) Using blockchain technology and artificial intelligence to make the best possible mentor-mentee matches. 4) Conducting mentoring by bringing together mentors and mentees on virtual meetup platforms like Zoom, Skype, and Google Meet. 5) Providing ongoing support, supervision, and monitoring through a library of online resources, ensuring a member of the senior team is available for answering questions virtually, and setting parameters and milestones that need to be met through the process. 6) Ensuring an appropriate closure of the mentor-mentee relationship by addressing challenges faced during the program and providing recognition to outstanding mentoring achievements. The Brief also addresses how e-mentoring platforms can adapt their operations to provide mentoring in areas with low bandwidth or no connectivity. This will enable platforms to be more inclusive in their approach and include a more diverse mentee population.

Global
Knowledge Brief
2022
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

This research provides valuable insights about the South African labor market, through the identification of future employment pathways with greater earning potential based on the tasks and skill-sets young people develop in their current occupation.

Africa
Report
2022
ETF

This study provides an overview of impact investment and skills creation in innovation, covering the main features of impact investment, the historical development of the phenomenon, and how it can be linked to the skills creation process. The study examines the emergence of impact investing and explains its principles and defining features. It maps some existing initiatives at European and local levels, presents examples of good and innovative practices in investments with social impact, and explores what practices and instruments for impact investment in innovation skills have been and/or could be applied in the Western Balkans.

East Asia and Pacific
Report
2022
IADB

This study maps the state of skill development of indigenous children, youth and adults throughout Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It identifies the main challenges to skills development among LACs indigenous peoples at the five life stages infancy/early childhood, childhood and preadolescence, adolescence, young adulthood, and adulthood. It summarizes evidence-based policies and programs that address access and achievement gaps between indigenous and non-indigenous children, youth, and adults gasp that affect the development of lifelong skills and participation in the labor market. Based on the analysis, we highlight lessons learned and recommend lines of action.

Global
Report
2022
European Union

As Europe goes through its green and digital transformations, high-quality vocational education and training (VET) is key to ensuring people have the right skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow. The Council Recommendation on VET for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience, adopted in November 2020, sets out the EU’s comprehensive vision and strategic objectives for the future of VET. This brochure outlines this vision and the importance of VET reforms at national level, including key principles and actions to support these reforms.

Europe and Central Asia
2021
S4YE

Last year, the S4YE team published 'Orange Economy: As a Driver of Jobs for Youth,' which highlighted how the creative sectors could be a potential source of economic opportunities for youth.

Following up on that report, S4YE did a deep dive on potential opportunities in the Music Industry in Africa, which is growing rapidly. Access to technology has especially enabled growth in the music streaming industry, creating new opportunities for young African musicians in Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria etc.

This Knowledge Brief highlights examples of music enterprises in Africa and the types of opportunities for youth in the music ecosystem broadly.  The Brief also suggests some strategies for translating music into economic and social benefits.

Global
Knowledge Brief
2021
All4YOUth

These guidelines aim at providing information, guidance and tips on organizing and managing virtual internships. they focus on those aspects of an internship that are particularly important and/or impacted when that internship is conducted fully virtually, that is, the intern is not physically present in their host organization and all activities and interactions are performed remotely.

Global
2021
ETF

This study explores how the centres of vocational excellence (CoVEs) implement their autonomous role in public-private partnerships (PPPs), and the specific features and benefits of CoVEs’ collaborations in PPPs for vocational education and skills development. Drawing on selected case studies in six ETF partner countries (Azerbaijan, Georgia, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey) and two EU Member States (Finland and the Netherlands), the study provides insights into CoVE developmental processes and practices in PPPs and shows emerging trends that can inform vocational education policy development more widely.

East Asia and Pacific
Report
2021
IBM, OECD

In partnership with IBM, the OECD recently conducted a social media poll, asking young people how well prepared they feel about joining the world of work, how confident they are about their future paths, and what concerns them about education and jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this episode, the OECD and IBM discuss insights from the poll and why career guidance and real-world work experiences are more important for young people than ever.

Global
Multimedia
2021
IFC

This note attempts to illustrates how AI can support post-secondary learning across the entire tertiary and vocational education sector in emerging markets.

Global
Knowledge Brief
2021
EY

EY Ripples and JA Worldwide teams surveyed nearly 6,000 Gen Z youth and found they are ready to reframe how business and education operate.

The survey results yielded an understanding of a generation that is largely optimistic about 2030 and is ready to get started with gaining work experience so that they can tackle global challenges.

Report
2021
ILO

This research considers how various countries around the world are meeting the challenge of ensuring decent work for interns, and what more needs to be done to realize that objective, including the possible development of a new international labor standard on this issue.

Global
Report
2021
UNESCO

The three volumes of "New qualifications and competencies for future-oriented TVET" cater to the diverse needs of TVET-related institutions. From their unique perspectives, the publication explores and examines the three I’s process: the timely and accurate identification of NQCs, their integration into appealing and flexible curricula, and their effective implementation through new teaching and learning methods as well as relevant teacher and trainer training.

Global
Report
2021
S4YE

This report highlights six strategies to cultivate emotional resilience among youth, drawn from discussion with global experts and practitioners of youth employment programs. These strategies include: (i) using a hybrid approach to enhance both coping and thriving abilities in schools; (ii) restoring refugees’ self-agency & ‘making meaning’ mindset; (iii) incorporating resilience-building strategies in traditional interventions that support entrepreneurs; (iv) adopting low cost, self-directed, digital interventions to support youth at scale in difficult times; (v) adopting mindfulness to release stress and increase self-awareness when engaged in fast learning and high-pressure environments; and (vi) designing work readiness training journeys that integrate both technical and socio-emotional skills.

Global
Report
2021
ETF

The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously disrupted the skilling, upskilling and reskilling of employees, apprentices and interns in all types of enterprises and organisations around the world. To assess the impact of the pandemic, 10 development partners together undertook a global online survey of enterprises from 27 April to 5 June 2020. This report presents the findings from a global survey of enterprises.

Global
Report
2021
UK Government

This white paper sets out reforms to further education, recognising that the UK economy is changing rapidly. The pandemic, Brexit, climate change, the expected growth of jobs requiring STEM education or training had collectively snowballed into a skills shortage in recent years – young people did not have the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed in the current and future economy.

Europe and Central Asia
Report
2021
European Union

This note seeks to look back at the development and implementation process of the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). It takes take stock of its main achievements and how they are taken forward in the 2020 Council Recommendation on vocational education and training (VET) for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience and paves the way for future EU initiatives.

Europe and Central Asia
Report
2021
World Bank

This World Bank report explores the labor market outcomes and returns of SCPs, examines their providers, and identifies the practices adopted by the best programs. Relying on unique data that includes a novel survey of short-cycle programs (SCPs) directors in five LAC countries, it finds that while SCPs generate, on average, good labor market outcomes, they vary greatly in quality. Drawing on these findings, this report discusses how to create an environment where good programs are offered and students have the interest and means to attend them.

Latin America and Caribbean
Report
2021
RAND

This RAND report highlights how rapid and widespread digitalization has changed the nature of work. The report's findings stress the importance and urgency of addressing the digital skills gap and highlight that digital and social inequalities also affect the available opportunities to develop digital skills.

Global
Knowledge Brief
2021
UNESCO-UNEVO

This study by UNESCO-UNEVOC aims at understanding the barriers to the participation of disadvantaged youth in TVET and examines some strategies being used to meet their needs.

Global
Report