ONE: Adopt a Systems Approach: A combination, or ‘pipeline,’ of interventions is vital. It must start in early childhood and lead to a decent and fulfilling job in adulthood, be it obtained or created.
TWO: Ease Access to capital: Most young people feel a lack of credit is the main obstacle to starting a successful business. Though other factors are, of course, critical, policymakers must accept this youth concern and introduce new ways of securing credit and capital for youth.
THREE: Create Jobs for the future, not the past: Job creation must not look to fill the vacancies of past eras but rather exploit current and future generational opportunities, aligned with the digital and engineering opportunities offered by new technologies and the green economy.
FOUR: Engage the private sector: Schools and universities must connect their students with employers and the world of work. Taxes raised through commerce should be invested by governments to equip youth and students with the skills that commerce needs.
FIVE: Gender matters: Women must be at the heart of the youth job creation system. There is still a cultural resistance to this in some societies, but the breaking of glass ceilings and the elevation of women into leadership roles is key to creating the jobs that the youth of tomorrow need.
SIX: Encourage Youth-led Solutions: Youth must be engaged and inspired to rise to the challenge of creating jobs from an early age, taking ownership of planning their transition from school to work and ensuring the investments made in their schooling delivers the skills and experience they need to secure – or create – a decent job.