Generation Unlimited Brochure
Creating better education, skills, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for young people worldwide
Young people today face many economic, social and cultural challenges. The types of skills needed in the labour market are changing. Technological changes are making many jobs vulnerable to automation, a large portion of job creation is driven by entrepreneurs and small businesses, while education systems are outdated and fragmented. These challenges are more acute for youth in disadvantaged communities, and those who lack opportunities because of their gender, race, sexuality, disability or ethnic background.
Of today’s 1.8 billion youth , 200 million secondary school-aged young people are not in school and 267 million aged 15-24 are not in employment, education or training (NEET) . Meanwhile, over three quarters of the 429 million employed youth have jobs in the informal sector. If current trends continue in low-income countries, only 8 per cent of young people will achieve a minimum level of secondary skills compared to 70 per cent in high-income countries.
At a local level, there are successful education, training, and employment programmes and promising innovations, but too often their impact remains at sub-scale or is confined to a single country. Governments and organizations need to come together with young people to scale up these initiatives and innovations so they have a greater impact.