Plan International Egypt, through the Forsa programme, continues helping young adults to enter the labour market. On average, 80% of young people who graduate from this programme successfully get jobs. Female students represent more than 60% of participants enrolled and employed. Several changes were observed in youths’ attitudes and behaviours, including an increased sense of self-worth, motivation and thirst for learning. In cooperation with Cisco and the Ministry of Communications, Plan International also established two academies to reach out to marginalised youth and support them in preparation for the job market.
Plan International El Salvador works extensively on youth economic empowerment. One strand of their ‘Youth Employment Solutions’ approach rests on interaction with the business sector. This year, 33 companies joined in supporting this programme by hiring young people, facilitating opportunities for internships and providing scholarships for technical training. Cooperation agreements have been finalised, bringing in 28 new companies/business associations, and Plan International will soon sign an agreement with the Restaurant Association of El Salvador. Plan International El Salvador is also applying the cooperative model to youth mobilisation for small business development enabling aggregation of related youth businesses to increase self- support and future scale up.
Plan International Uganda concentrates on business development services and enterprise management skills. They provide basic enterprise start-up and management skills to new groups, and link mature saving groups to business development service providers (e.g. banks and financial institutions with a focus on agri-business and viable commercial enterprises). Plan International Uganda also explored closer links with the corporate world; they hosted a corporate sector engagement forum with over 60 private companies from financial, large scale supermarket outlets, universities, mills and factories, telecom, motor companies with wide participation from young people. This is a platform to explore opportunities and modalities of working with private local and international companies to support youth economic empowerment.
‘Saksham’ is an initiative by Plan International India to support disadvantaged youth, especially young women in India to enable them to realise their dreams by equipping them with essential life and market oriented vocational skills. This not only helps them to access employment but also makes them representatives of a gender-just society. Plan International India aspires to give all young women the skills to get a job and become self-employed, by providing market-oriented business, vocational and life skills training.