As much as we like the world to evolve and witness greater things, it requires people to work for it. And as much as people are ready to do so, we are unfortunately falling short of giving them opportunities. Millions of educated and able young people around the world are unemployed making youth employment a crucial issue to this century.
So what could be done? Let’s have a look at 8 ways to combat youth unemployment and enhancing the future:
- Active policy making and follow up
Government participation is highly necessary to be able to provide jobs both quantity and quality wise. There is more of a guarantee for better job opportunities, equal and revised wages, training subsidies and youth entrepreneurship interventions as long as the the government gets involved and successfully supports it.
- Creating opportunities for the disadvantaged youth
To prevent a high amount of disadvantaged youth from dropping out of work, it is important to ensure that opportunities through targeted interventions are created. Labour-market training and work-experience programmes all aid in continuing the initiative and driving business growth for youth in disadvantaged areas.
- Forging active partnerships with employers for decent jobs
More often than not youth is left unemployed because of lack of sourcing and connection to the employers. Hence, it is important to build connections by developing partnerships between employers and the government or schools so that they are able to align the skills needed to be taught with the employer requirements. Such connections can really make a difference.
- Supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship
For any country to drive economic growth, creating employment and experimenting with innovation for wealth, it is essential to hail and support entrepreneurship. Spreading knowledge about how to set up and operate businesses will be quite a step towards a more independent and less unemployed youth.
- Mentoring and career guidance
Instead of focusing on the traditional job roles and mainstream career paths, students need definite advising on the different opportunities available for them out there. Mentoring them could help boost their career pathways and steer them to the right career based on their skill. When skills align to employers requirements, job unemployment is less likely.
- Revised standards for work experience
Rather than sticking to one workplace environment or opportunity, youth should be able to experiment and engage themselves in a variety of industries across the world. This helps youth broaden their perspectives and choose their perfect career calling. This calls for an increase in work experience opportunities across industries.
- Investment in youth programmes
An increase in funds towards community colleges and youth programmes help pave a way towards quality education which enhances the rate of employment and upwards mobility for young workers. It is pivotal to realise that these investments are well-returned as youth employment serves to a higher economic growth.
- Connecting youth talent to the employers for an impact
Apart from building an extravagant employment structure, it is essential for the youth to be impacted in order to do greater things. And in order to truly contribute to SDG 8 and ensure that youth unemployability reaches it’s lowest point, it is up to all of us to take action.
Use these tips to fight for something that all young people should care about as it concerns all of us. Take action on SDG 8.
What’s your contribution?