This section of Preparing for Work is designed to help practitioners effectively engage the private sector in various aspects of youth livelihood programming. Although this website began as a curriculum website, users made it clear that training is only half of the equation. Workforce training has a goal of ensuring that youth receive useful technical and work readiness skills, get jobs, or have the tools to start and manage their own businesses successfully. This is the “supply side” of the workforce equation. In order to achieve this goal, however, it is essential to understand what makes up the private sector and its role on the demand side of the workforce equation, including generating new job opportunities; providing on-the-job training and mentoring/coaching; helping ensure training curricula stay practical and innovative; and serving as a catalyst for new enterprise development.
Preparing for Work considers the private sector to involve a wide range of actors, including small local businesses (in the formal and informal economy), guilds, trade associations, national-level businesses, and multinational corporations. A program can and should tap into one or more of these private sector actors, depending on the needs and objectives of the program and trainees.
For each topic identified on the website, practitioners will find the following:
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