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.
Viridis Learning is a unique educational and job-matching program aimed at fostering a labor market-matching infrastructure through a technology platform, that includes features such as an employability score, a lifelong “Skill Passport” with stackable credentials and employer access to a real-time database of qualified job candidates.
An increasing number of German youth are unable to access Germany’s much lauded vocational training system due to increased competition and a shortage of spots. The German government has introduced the “transition system” – a collection of schemes aimed at providing young people a bridge between school and the vocational training system.
The key to reform in the apparel industry lies in enabling young, first- time workers to stand up for their rights. As the vast majority of apparel sector workers are young women, better collaboration between women’s rights organizations and trade unions is an imperative.