A recent conference organized by the JustJobs Network (JJN) in Washington, D.C. focused on charting out an agenda for "inclusive growth" – an aim that has found its way into the rhetoric of governments, development agencies, and international financial institutions.
In the post-recession labor market, young Americans face high levels of unemployment, low wage jobs, and record-high college costs. A lack of awareness and misperceptions among businesses, hinders the apprenticeship model from creating pathways to well paying jobs that don’t require the youth to take on student debt.
A community-based organization, Saath, has developed a program to give young people a supportive network and the soft skills they need to manage their transition from the informal sector to a new, formal sector job.
South Africa faces the third highest youth unemployment rate in the world, due to high labor costs, a massive skills gap and vulnerability. The Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) is a wage subsidy scheme meant to incentivize firms to hire more young people by offsetting the cost.