Workforce Development and Youth

Workforce development has emerged as a top priority for countries, businesses and the donor community. Employment, either in the formal or informal sectors, provides income and opportunities for advancement, and a proven, lasting pathway out of poverty. It is also linked to greater social and political stability—successful workforce programs can reduce crime and violence.

The business community routinely ranks finding and retaining workers with the technical skills employers need as its #1 challenge. Foundations and donors are investing significantly in innovative, evidence-driven programs to build local capacity to train participants with the vocational and soft skills needed to obtain and retain jobs.

The large numbers of young people in nations around the world create additional urgency for developing high quality workforce development systems. With half of the world’s population under age 30, it is imperative to empower youth with the skills and opportunities to succeed.

Several principles characterize our approach to workforce development. Creative’s workforce initiatives are assessment-driven. Based on extensive analysis of labor markets, youth, the policy environment and workforce development service providers, we design workforce programs based on a detailed understanding of the needs of the communities, the youth participants and the employers.

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Creative's approach to workforce development

Creative approaches workforce development as part of a comprehensive approach to youth development as well as risk reduction, matching training programs with the needs of employers in growing sectors and opening opportunities for individuals and their communities. Watch Video

Creative takes a systems approach to sustainably strengthen workforce systems around the world, attaining scale and sustainability through aligning incentives and building linkages and local capacity, to achieve win-win outcomes for youth, employers and their communities.

Creative brings an unparalleled understanding of the needs of vulnerable populations, particularly at-risk youth, women and persons with disabilities, drawing from 38 years of experience working with these groups. Private sector engagement is central to our approach; we build local capacity to develop employer/training institution partnerships to design and offer demand-driven curricula.   Creative embeds positive youth development principles and practices, and meaningful youth engagement in all workforce programming.

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Deaf advocate paves way for inclusive education in Nicaragua

With support from the USAID Aprendo y Emprendo project, Cheysi Smith is breaking down barriers to education for other students with disabilities and achieving her dreams of higher education. Learn More...

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Photo series: Afghanistan at work

Across Afghanistan, entrepreneurial and hardworking Afghans are launching new companies, providing services and creating much-needed jobs. Creative shines a light on these people and businesses in the Afghanistan at Work photo series. Learn More...

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Nigerian businesses discuss moving from aid to trade through Prosper Africa

Key players in the Nigerian private sector convened to discuss Prosper Africa, the new U.S. government initiative that aims to double U.S. trade and investment with Africa over five years. Learn More...

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