New SAP & UNICEF global partnership in support of Generation Unlimited will co-create solutions for quality education and job skills for young people in underserved communities.
By 2030, companies and communities throughout the world need to be ready to sustainably integrate 2 billion young people seeking employment into the workforce.
NEW YORK, 25 September 2019 – SAP and UNICEF announced a new global partnership, at an event taking place at the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, as part of their Generation Unlimited commitment to provide quality education, life skills and job skills training to young people in disadvantaged communities, preparing them for decent work and active citizenship.
The three-year partnership will bring together businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations to build sustainable education models. The partnership will help reach young people across Africa, Asia and Europe, with initial efforts focused on India, Turkey and Viet Nam and focus on workforce inclusion initiatives to help young people thrive, and provide organisations with a prepared workforce.
It forms part of Generation Unlimited, the global partnership working to prepare young people to become engaged and productive citizens. Launched one year ago, Generation Unlimited convenes multi-sector public-private investment in education and employment of youth, while engaging young people in these efforts.
“For young people, the path to a successful future goes through quality education that equips them – and empowers them – with the skills they need to thrive in today’s workforce,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Young people are some of the world’s best creatives, enthusiasts and thinkers. We are excited to work with SAP to harness young people’s energy and ideas, and help them contribute to their economies and societies.”
“People are anxious about the opportunity gap in this new economy,” said SAP CEO Bill McDermott. “Businesses need to take meaningful steps to upskill the current and future workforce, regardless of their age or where they live in the world."
With more than 1 in 5 young people today are neither in employment, education or training, and many more not learning the skills they need to seek decent employment, today’s rapidly changing economy demands increasingly specialized skills.
The partnership will look to develop a standardized national curriculum, workforce readiness programmes, and in-depth research to better inform and connect the private sector with future talent.
SAP and UNICEF are partnering to give young people job skills training to power the future workforce.
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About Generation Unlimited
Generation Unlimited is global partnership working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens. It connects secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, empowering every young person to thrive in the world of work.
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