Being unemployed at a young age can have consequences that last a lifetime. Youth skills training is essential to ensure young people are endowed with the skills relevant to the labour market.
Cities are in a better position to address the needs of their young residents as they are more likely to have a good grasp of the specific barriers their young people face, how to target the most disengaged and what training and employment opportunities are available. To be successful, cities should engage with employers and training providers, promote new initiatives and target interventions.
|Case study||Policy aim||Location||Country||Lead organisation(s)|
|1. Working with employers to create training that replicates real jobs||Close the skills gap between supply and demand||Chicago||Illinois, Us||After School Matters|
|2. Working with employers to provide ‘real-world’ work experience||Close the skills gap between supply and demand||Boston||Massachusetts, US||Youth Build Boston|
|3. Creating alternative routes into the professional service sectors||Close the skills gap between supply and demand||Cities across the US||US||Year Up|
|4. Bringing cross-sector leaders together and keeping them engaged||Improve young people’s work preparation||Pittsburgh||Pennsylvania, US||Manchester Bidwell Corporation|
|5. Local training pacts for vocational training||Help young people develop the skills employers want||North-Rhine Westphalia||Germany||Local authorities and central government|
|6. Developing strong partnerships with employers||Ensure young people develop the skills employers want||Rotterdam||Netherlands||Rotterdam’s port|
|7. Offering flexible vocational training schemes for young people||Re-engage young people||North-Rhine Westphalia||Germany||Third Way in Vocational Training Initiative|