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  • Internships and learnership programmes, which provide young people with relevant opportunities and experience, must be encouraged. (South Africa is one example of a country that has legislated the Skills Development Act that regulates the implementation of learnerships for the youth).

  • Strategic interventions should be set-up to provide job-placement and matching services under a public-private sector partnership.

  • Training must be made available at the grassroots levels and reach the most disadvantaged of youth.

  • Vocational training, internships and other hands-on experience should be certified in order to serve as experience that the youth can use when applying for loans or assistance. It will also assist potential employers in acknowledging young people’s skills during employment searches.

  • Gender equality strategies need to be at the forefront of the development of policy and programmes in this area.

2. Provide accessible and practical skills training that has been developed with youth input, either additionally or independently of formal education:

  • Extra curricular activities and volunteerism needs to be valued and recognized as providing employable and transferable skills.

  • Uneducated youth need particular assistance in finding ways to translate their talent to skills that can further be developed and therefore used for job creation

  • Training programs should comply with nationally recognized quality assurance standards to ensure training is relevant and appropriate for youth development. It is incumbent upon respective government ministries to ensure that training adheres to professional standards prescribed by the relevant educational and vocational authorities.

  • Life-long career paths must be brought to the fore of youth employment rather than focusing on “short-term” and isolated career interventions.

  • Specific skills identified as being critical to employability in several fields include: basic entrepreneurial skills, basic financial management, access to and management of information and knowledge, project planning and implementation, and impact assessment and measuring outcomes.

  • Gender equality strategies need to be at the forefront of the development of policy and programmes in this area.

  • 3.

    Improve access to financing for youth-led employment initiatives:

    • The capital that is available to youth is very limited and largely inaccessible. There s so much red tape, bureaucracy and corruption that face youth in the form of demands for security, collateral and experience, which in most cases young people do not have. Youth who come rom poor communities and families can definitely not afford to fulfill any of these requirements.

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