Vodafone's international future jobs programme set to help 10 million young people into work

Vodafone's international future jobs programme set to help 10 million young people into work


In the largest initiative of its kind anywhere in the world, Vodafone is asking young people everywhere “What will you be?”

This ground-breaking future jobs programme will help to up-skill around 10 million young people in 18 countries for opportunities in the digital economy by providing career guidance and access to training content.

At the same time, Vodafone are also planning to significantly increase the number of young people it hires, growing its existing graduate, apprenticeship, internship and work experience schemes around the world to 100,000 by 2022.

Vodafone’s initiatives are in response to a major international opinion poll that revealed how current 18-24 year olds, despite being the first generation of ‘digital natives’, feel they are ill equipped to play their part in the digital economy.

The Vodafone commissioned, YouGov poll asked 6,000 18-24 year olds in 15 countries about their views on their career ambitions and concerns. 67% reported that they had received insufficient or no careers advice. Of the few who had received advice, just 15% said that included digital jobs, 38% said the advice was on traditional roles and 22% said the advice was out of date. More than half believe the greatest challenge facing their generation is finding any kind of well-paid, permanent job.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that more than 200 million young people are unemployed or have a job but still remain in poverty. Vodafone operates in many countries where youth unemployment is at record levels, including 38% in Italy, 39% in Spain, 47% in Greece and 53% in South Africa. Conversely, this high unemployment comes at a time when businesses of all kinds struggle to fill the digital technology roles essential for growth.

Studies have shown that a prolonged period of unemployment shortly after leaving education can have a lifelong effect on a young person’s confidence, self-esteem and wellbeing.  

Vodafone’s programme has been developed in conjunction with psychologists, careers advisors and training providers to develop the smartphone-based Future Jobs Finder. Giving young people a simple but comprehensive gateway to new skills and opportunities in digital, the Finder offers psychometric testing to identify aptitudes and interests, matching these with the most appropriate digital job types.  Users are then directed to live opportunities, can access skills training providers, and are given a summary of their results for use in their CV or on a job application.

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said: “This is a timely and welcome initiative by Vodafone. The digital economy has enormous potential to create decent jobs for youth and act as a catalyst for sustainable growth and development. This potential can only be realised if young people are equipped with the skills needed by our fast-changing economies. Tools such as the Future Job Finder can help them get on the right path.”

Thursday, 5 April 2018

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