Youth unemployment is one of today’s most pressing challenges, particularly in Africa. But most skills development and employability solutions are expensive and hard to scale. While cost recovery models are starting to emerge, they are not used widely by the private sector.
AMI & The Mastercard Foundation
AMI partnered with the MasterCard Foundation to develop and pilot a low-cost solution that helps young people transition into employment. By leveraging technology and our innovating approach to peer learning while focusing on the specific needs of local labour markets, we were able to reduce the cost of skills training, demonstrate real value for employers and help unemployed young people find meaningful work.
The Programme resulted in positive outcomes
- 254 young people graduated from the programme
- 65% of the recruits were women
- 70% of graduates were placed in a role with a partner organisation
- 89% of graduates felt more confident about finding a job
- 100% of graduates would recommend the YEA to a friend
We’ve reported on our Youth Employment Accelerator before, found HERE (and if you’ve visited our offices, you might even have met some of the graduates – we hired the best ones!). But we’re thrilled to share for the first time an in-depth case study about the pilot, produced by the MasterCard Foundation. The AMI case study is the first in the MasterCard Foundation’s ‘Scale for Impact’ a Youth Livelihoods Case Studies Series that will profile three successful pilot projects that show potential for scale.
Interested in this model?
AMI is actively looking for partners to scale up this extremely promising model. If you are interested in finding out more about our low-cost solution for equipping young people with the skills demanded by employers contact us HERE, or fill in the form below with your enquiry and we will be in contact.
To view a full range of our workplace learning and entrepreneurship programmes visit our page HERE.