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    Youth Skills and Enterprise

    A New Model for Skills & Enterprise Development

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Youth Skills & Enterprise

Youth employment has become a top priority policy concern across countries and regions.  This results in part from the fact that many young people have little or no relevant skills and are therefore largely excluded from productive economic and social life. There is increasing recognition among policy makers of the importance of taking advantage of the potential that young people represent for growth prospects, sustainable development and social cohesion and the need for developing strategies to foster youth employment and self-employment.

Such strategies must factor in the rapidly evolving labour market and the technological changes that have opened new frontiers, created new jobs, eliminated others and created new ways of working. ICT is now considered by many governments as a critical component of a responsive, demand-driven Education and Technical and Vocational Skills Development system tasked with meeting the needs for learners in formal and other learning environments.

GESCI has also developed innovative ‘Living Lab’ models and frameworks designed to equip unemployed youth with digital and entrepreneurial skills that can enable them to start their own small businesses or to take up employment opportunities.

GESCI’s will focus on collaborating with research, education and business communities to:

  • Consolidate and expand its informal ‘living lab’ education-enterprise models and frameworks designed to equip unemployed youth with digital and entrepreneurial skills
  • Consolidate and disseminate the Living Lab model toolkit for building youth digital start-up and take-up capacities to create and avail of employment opportunities in digital and cultural media industries

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