By Samuel Mundia –
Youth Leader – Jubilee Party, Nairobi county
The youth problem in this country will NOT be solved by camps, workshops & conferences meant to draw allowances for a few honchos. We have had all these for the last 54 years with little value to show for it. What will solve the youth unemployment & hopelessness is one or a combination of the following:
- Active policy making and follow up:
Government participation is highly necessary to be able to provide jobs both quantity and quality wise. There is more of a guarantee for better job opportunities, equal and revised wages, training subsidies and youth entrepreneurship interventions as long as the government gets involved and successfully supports it.
- Creating opportunities for the disadvantaged youth:
To prevent a high amount of disadvantaged youth from dropping out of work, it is important to ensure that opportunities through targeted interventions are created. Labor-market training and work-experience programs all aid in continuing the initiative and driving business growth for youth in disadvantaged areas.
- Forging active partnerships with employers for decent jobs:
More often than not youths are left unemployed because of lack of sourcing and connection to the employers. Hence, it is important to build connections by developing partnerships between employers and the government or schools so that they are able to align the skills needed to be taught with the employer requirements. Such connections can really make a difference.
- Supporting and encouraging entrepreneurship:
For any country to drive economic growth, creating employment and experimenting with innovation for wealth, it is essential to hail and support entrepreneurship. Spreading knowledge about how to set up and operate businesses will be quite a step towards a more independent and less unemployed youth.
- Mentoring and career guidance:
Instead of focusing on the traditional job roles and mainstream career paths, students need definite advising on the different opportunities available for them out there. Mentoring them could help boost their career pathways and steer them to the right career based on their skill. When skills align to employer’s requirements, job unemployment is less likely.
- Revised standards for work experience:
Rather than sticking to one workplace environment or opportunity, youth should be able to experiment and engage themselves in a variety of industries across the world. This helps youth broaden their perspectives and choose their perfect career calling. This calls for an increase in work experience opportunities across industries.
- Investment in youth programs:
An increase in funds towards community colleges and youth programs help pave a way towards quality education which enhances the rate of employment and upwards mobility for young workers. It is pivotal to realize that these investments are well-returned as youth employment serves to a higher economic growth.
- Connecting youth talent to the employers for an impact:
Apart from building an extravagant employment structure, it is essential for the youth to be impacted in order to do greater things. And in order to truly contribute to SDG 8 and ensure that youth unemployability reaches its lowest point, it is up to all of us to take action.