Youth Employment Solutions (YES!) for building a globally competitive, inclusive and resilient youth workforce

By 2030,Plan International will equip 1 million vulnerable and marginalized youth, particularly young women, in the Global South with market-relevant technical, soft and digital skills to access decent work opportunities (waged or self-employment) of their choosing. 

Plan International will pursue demand-driven skills development initiatives, strategic partnerships and evidence-based advocacy to drive policy and practice changes. Furthermore, Plan International will leverage technology to reach vulnerable and marginalized youth, especially young women. 

Through interconnected approaches and collaborations with stakeholders, Plan International will contribute to building a youth workforce equipped with the skills to access decent work in all contexts. 

Entity

Plan International Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power

Partners

  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)

    Other regional or multilateral organization

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • AIESEC

    Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

    Policy, advocacy and convening power

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
  • 8.8 Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment

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By 2030, Plan International will equip 1 million vulnerable and marginalized youth, particularly young women, in the Global South with market-relevant technical, soft and digital skills to access decent work opportunities, whether waged or self-employment, of their choosing.

This global initiative has four pathways: (1) education and training institutions providing young people, particularly young women, with relevant and market-driven skills to transition to decent work; (2) private sector investments in skills development of young people and opportunities for waged and self-employment; (3) enabling environment that addresses entrenched barriers impeding the full participation of young women and other vulnerable and marginalized youth in the world of work; and (4) improved breadth and depth of youth employment and entrepreneurship programming.

Plan International will pursue demand-driven skills development interventions; strategic partnerships with stakeholders at all levels; and evidence-based advocacy to drive policy and practice changes. Furthermore, Plan International will leverage technology to reach vulnerable and marginalized youth populations, especially young women.

Plan International also commits to tackling the root causes of gender inequality – i.e., working with young women and young men, communities, civil society and youth organizations, education and training providers, employers, and regional and global actors to address norms, stereotypes and behaviors that impede the participation of young women in the world of work.

Through various interconnected approaches and collaborating with different stakeholders, Plan International will contribute to building a youth workforce equipped with the skills necessary to access decent work in development and humanitarian contexts.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 1,000,000 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Marginalized and vulnerable youth, especially young women, will be equipped with demand-driven technical, soft and digital skills that will enable them to access decent work of their choosing. 

    BY: Dec 2030
  • 1 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Plan International will work with partners to advocate for the accessibility of decent work opportunities to vulnerable and marginalized youth, especially young women. Evidence-based advocacy will call for interventions addressing social norms, behaviors, and practices that impede the participation of young women in the world of work. 

    BY: Dec 2020
  • National strategies for youth employment supported in their development or operationalization in 2 countries (Indonesia, Philippines)

    8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Plan International will make available program-tested tools, methodologies, and approaches, including the YES!DIGITAL Ecosystem, to support the implementation of government youth employment programs. 

    BY: Dec 2022
  • 5 knowledge products on youth employment developed

    8.5 By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value

    Knowledge products on youth employment, including what works and business cases for youth employment interventions, will be developed to inform advocacy, policy, and programs. 

    BY: Dec 2030
  • 35,000 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    Plan International will leverage technology, including its YES!DIGITAL Ecosystem, to ensure the accessibility of market-driven skills trainings for vulnerable and marginalized young people. 

    BY: Dec 2030

Start

01-Jan-2019

End

31-Dec-2030

1,000,000

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-35

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young people in rural areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Youth with disabilities
  • Specific ethnic groups
  • Low-income individuals
  • Non-low income individuals
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs

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