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Improving Employability of the Youth

  • 18 Jun 2021
  • 5 min read

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Recently, the Ministry of Labour and Employment and UNICEF have signed a Statement of Intent to improve employment outcomes for the youth in India.

Key Points

  • Purpose of this Collaboration:
    • It intends to provide a platform for cooperation between the Ministry and UNICEF to leverage the existing mainstreamed initiatives of both parties in select states.
    • This will co-create and implement solutions at scale to tackle the employment and skilling challenges for adolescents and youth in India, with focus on vulnerable populations.
      • Vulnerable Populations include young people with special needs, youth leaving care institutions, migrant youth, victims of child labour, violence, child marriage and trafficking and like other matter.
  • Areas of Collaboration:
    • Connecting young people with employment opportunities.
    • Upskilling of young people on 21st century skills including life skills, financial skills, digital skills, vocations skills etc.
    • Strengthening National Career Service (NCS).
    • Support in Job forecasting by exploring the gaps.
    • Supporting direct dialogue and the establishment of a feedback mechanism between youth and policy stakeholders.
  • National Career Service (NCS):
    • About:
      • It was launched in 2015, within the umbrella of the e-governance plan.
      • It is a one-stop solution that provides a wide array of employment and career related services to the citizens of India.
    • Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Labour & Employment.
    • Three Pillars: The NCS project reaches out to the people of this country through its three essential pillars i.e.
      • A well designed ICT based portal which is NCS portal,
      • Country wide set up of Model Career Centers and
      • Interlinkage with all the states through employment exchanges.
  • UNICEF’s Initiative (YuWaah):
    • The India chapter of Generation Unlimited (GenU) – YuWaah – was born in 2018.
    • GenU is a global multi-stakeholder platform that aims to prepare young people to transition to productive work and active citizenship.
    • In India, by 2030, YuWaah aims to ensure, the following:
      • Build pathways for 100 million young people to aspirational economic opportunities.
      • Facilitate 200 million young people to gain relevant skills for productive lives and the future of work.
      • Partner with 300 million young people as changemakers and create spaces for developing their leadership.

Other Initiatives Taken to Improve Employability of the Youth

Source: PIB

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