Training economically vulnerable youth in socioemotional competencies and technical skills for the future of work in Latin America

The project aims to reduce the gap between job offers and opportunities for economically vulnerable youth, aged 16-24, regarding the Future of Work in Latin America. Focusing on labour demand and supply side, it plans to improve employability and insertion in the labour market of targeted youth, by 2021. It intends to reach at least 80.000 youths in the region, particularly in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay. To achieve this, Forge is developing an innovative digital platform to train youth in socioemotional competencies and digital skills and help them better cope with the challenges posed by changing labour markets.

Entity

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

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation

Partners

  • SwissJust America

    Private sector

    Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • BID Lab

    Other regional or multilateral organization

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

  • Accenture

    Private sector

    Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Financial and/or in-kind contribution

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 1.4 By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resource
  • 4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
  • 5.5 Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
  • 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

description

The impact of new technologies is changing the way we work and the nature of the work itself. 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist and for which current education systems are still unable to prepare them. In this context, 1 out of 5 youths in Latin America is today one of the so-called "NEET"; this situation is even worse for those in unfavorable socio-economic situations. This poses the need to reduce the gap between economically vulnerable youth and the jobs of the future. To do this, young people will require training in more sophisticated and complex skills, that comprise not only digital and analytical abilities, but also socio-emotional competencies. To achieve this, Forge has initiated a change in its strategy aiming to exponentially scale its current school-to-work transition model. In line with this, Forge has decided to: 1) transform its current training centres (in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay)  into Operation Model Centres that will operate as innovation hubs, 2) develop an innovative digital platform to train youth in socio-emotional competencies and digital skills to provide vocational guidance and facilitate job intermediation services, 3) expand geographically by developing a “social franchise” model to be transferred to allied organizations, and 4) build partnerships with the public sector advocating for the inclusion of socio-emotional competencies and digital skills in education systems.

The project intends to reach at least 80.000 economically vulnerable youths in the region.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 80,000 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    4.4 By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship

    80.000 youths are trained in socio-emotional competencies and digital skills through the Forge methodology (Operation Model Centres, digital platform, social franchises and public policy).

    BY: Dec 2021
  • 80,000 young people benefitted from employment services, including job search assistance, job fairs and career counselling

    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

    80.000 are benefited from employment and job intermediation services through Fondation Forge’s platform.

    BY: Dec 2021
  • 12,600 young people gained work experience, including through internships and quality apprenticeships

    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

    70% of trained youth in Operation Model Centres, will improve their work experience, through real employment as result of their better employability gained thanks to the training provided by Fondation Forge.

    BY: Dec 2021

Start

01-Jan-2019

End

31-Dec-2021

USD 8,000,000

Estimated total value of the commitment

80,000

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19, 20-24

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Low-income individuals

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