Future Skilling of Youth in Asia
11th June 2020 2:00pm Singapore Time
- The session presented an interesting blend of perspectives from funding organizations to social enterprises in the field of youth skilling. It highlighted the need for sensitivity and empathy by the funder and flexibility of funding during this time of uncertainty.
- Over 60% of the world’s youth lives in Asia Pacific, yet the region’s youth unemployment rate is ~10.5%, more than double the unemployment rate of the total working age population. While scale is important, tailoring programs to specific needs and providing multifaceted support, including psycho-social skills, soft skills and hard skills for employability and life, can create a much stronger impact.
- The Pandemic affords us opportunities to focus on the future that we want, rethink the accessibility and inclusiveness of practices and be adventurous in forging new collaborations that bridge the divide among the public, private and social sectors as well as allowing us to break through the silos of issues experienced by the vulnerable youth.