Global Coalition on Youth Employment
Goal: to Bench-Mark current policies and programmes to reduce youth un- and under- employment and to prepare & implement National Action Plans for short-term and long-term Youth Job Creation interventions
Why are we doing this? The World Bank tells us we need to create about 600m million jobs to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of “full employment for all young women and men by 2030.” That figure does not include the millions of jobs that will be lost in retail, manufacturing, accountancy, travel, insurance etc. to digitization and robotics. The US Dept. of Labour predicts that “65% of children entering primary school today will leave to do jobs that do not currently exist.” It is, therefore, a global imperative to re-think education to prepare children for a labour market that is in the process of being created.
Create Partnerships: the Global Campaign for Youth Employment (GCYE) is a coalition of parliamentarians, private sector leaders, job creation practitioners and youth activists who want to work together in partnership to achieve effective youth job creation. In every country we work in, we shall invite a government minister to convene a National Board that will include representatives of 5 x Key Stakeholders:
1) Other Government representatives from the Ministry of Education and others;
2) Private Sector leaders
3) teachers, academics and job creation practitioners,
4) donors and investors;
5) Youth leaders, student bodies and unemployed youth.
With technical assistance from GCYE staff, each National Board will manage the following tasks:
GCYE Task ONE: Bench-marking what is currently happening: a questionnaire, agreed by the National Board, will be prepared to identify what is – and what is not – happening in each country to achieve the maximum possible number of jobs both in the formal, waged economy, and in the informal, sole trader / self-employment economy. These questionnaires are based on GCYE analysis of hundreds of programmes, policies and schemes operating in different countries
GCYE Task TWO: Preparing and Agreeing a National Action Plan: As the bench-marking study proceeds, it will become apparent where the gaps in provision lie. Some of these will be expensive to fill – like the need to expand inward investment in infrastructure, industrial zones, skill training etc. But, by a combination of promoting youth agency, and adapting existing provision, other gaps will be very inexpensive to fill – like curriculum adjustments, peer-to-peer career counselling, school-to-employer links etc. Each component of the National Action Plan will be costed and agreed by the National Board along with a Schedule for Implementation with agreed KPIs.
GCYE Task THREE: Implementing and Evaluating each National Action Plan: The Low Cost / No Cost elements of the National Action Plan will be implemented immediately with Technical Assistance from GCYE staff. GCYE staff will also work with Government officials to seek the funding necessary to implement the costlier elements of the plan.
GCYE Task FOUR: Learning: throughout the process, there will be rigorous monitoring and evaluation of every step, against the agreed KPIs, to assess which interventions turn out to be the most effective and simplest to implement. After TWO Years, each National Action Plan will be reviewed for its impacts and cost-effectiveness. A Revised National Action Plan will then carry the process forward.