Passport to Earning
Free quality, digital education for young people to become ready for the world of work
Globally, over 1 billion students have been affected since the sudden school closures in April 2020. With young people hit hard by the pandemic’s impacts, never has the growing skills gap been more apparent. A new digital platform aims to bridge this gap by providing more routes to skilling and opportunities.
Passport to Earning (P2E) is a digital platform that will provide young people aged 15–24 years with free, world-class and job-relevant skills training and position them for employment opportunities. P2E is built on the Microsoft Community Training platform and offers digitized content provided by a range of public and private sector partners.
In its initial three-year phase, the platform aims to skill 10 million young people and help 10,000 young people gain decent employment – targeting at least 50 per cent young women in both cases. This phase will extend to 15 countries in the Global South, including Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Niger and Nigeria.
Accenture, Dubai Cares, Microsoft and UNICEF have partnered in support of GenU to launch the platform. As a YuWaah (GenU India) innovation, P2E is being piloted in India, in partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education. P2E will be fully activated in 2022.
P2E will help bridge the learning to earning issues that millions of young people face today. As well as provide skills development and certification for employment and entrepreneurship, the platform will connect young people with coaching, mentoring and apprenticeships.
How it works
The P2E mission is to maximize impact with young people, focusing on the most disadvantaged, by:
- building government capacity to provide sustainable skilling and employment pathways in the digital economy
- enabling access to a job-relevant skilling platform, state-of-the-art curriculum and certifications, and – ultimately – jobs.
Young people will complete their skills development training and then receive certifications and future opportunities, including employment and livelihood opportunities. These will be provided through a range of activities with partners based on local employment environment.
As the P2E platform is customizable, it offers opportunities for local ownership and adaptation of content across countries.
P2E was launched at the RewirEd Summit in December 2021