When girls, boys, women and men are empowered with skills they need for working life, they thrive. They can support themselves, their families and communities.
However, one-third of the world’s 1.8 billion young people are currently neither in employment, education or training. Of the 1 billion more youth that will enter the job market in the next decade, only 40% are expected to be able to get jobs that currently exist.
The global economy will need to create 600 million jobs over the next 10 years to keep pace with projected youth employment rates. It’s clear that youth unemployment is an urgent and complex challenge affecting society, the economy and governance globally.
To address these critical issues, Plan International is working with governments, international organisations and development organisations to increase and improve young people’s access to financial services, financial literacy and entrepreneurship and employment skills training.
Breaking barriers: Pakistan's female only rickshaw drivers
The launch of a female-only rickshaw taxi service in the city of Punjab Chakwal has begun breaking barriers and challenging gender stereotypes for women and girls in Pakistan.Read more
Skills to succeed for India's young women
An innovative training programme is helping thousands of young women from Delhi’s slums to get good jobs, break down preconceptions of what women can do, and become financially independent.Read more
New skills give trafficked Cinderellas a better future
These stories show how girls trafficked into domestic labour are receiving training so they can change their lives thanks to a Plan International programme.Read more
Daughters of war train for better times
Young women who turned to sex work following the Liberian civil war are changing their lives and their children’s futures thanks to skills training provided by Plan International.Read more
Luceli: From sponsored child to entrepreneur
Meet Luceli, 22, a former sponsored child from El Salvador who now runs her own bakery. She started her business after attending a cookery training course run through Plan International's youth entrepreneur project.Read more
Young women rebuild their lives after Typhoon Haiyan
Following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, young women are getting jobs, setting up businesses and turning their lives around thanks to skills training.Read more