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SAP and UNICEF partner to give young people job skills training to power the future workforce

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SAP and UNICEF have joined forces to create innovative solutions to global education and workforce challenges. 

Under a strategic multi-million dollar partnership, SAP and UNICEF are generating inclusive opportunities for underserved young people worldwide, preparing them for decent work by equipping them with the hard and soft skills needed to make the most of future work opportunities. The partners aim to help develop sustainable, scalable education models to provide more than 1.5 million young people with 21st century digital and life skills by 2022.

The challenge

Of the 1.8 billion young people between the ages of 10 and 24 in the world today, nearly 90% are in low-and middle-income countries. Globally, an estimated 22 per cent of young people are neither in employment, education or training. 

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Many are not learning the skills they need to get jobs, while a fast-changing global economy demands increasingly specialized skills. By 2030, companies and communities throughout the world need to be ready to sustainably integrate two billion young people seeking employment into the workforce. 

“For young people, the path to a successful future goes through quality education that equips them – and empowers them – with the skills they need to thrive in today’s workforce”, said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Young people are some of the world’s best creatives, enthusiasts and thinkers. We are excited to work with SAP to harness young people’s energy and ideas, and help them contribute to their economies and societies.”

What the partnership does

The partnership will look to develop a standardized national curriculum, workforce readiness programmes, and in-depth research to better inform and connect the private sector with future talent. 

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Aligning with governments and partners, SAP and UNICEF are supporting the improvement of formal and informal education systems, starting in India, Turkey, Vietnam. This includes using digital tools to provide schoolgirls and boys with a range of life skills and career pathway opportunities.

The partnership forms part of Generation Unlimited, an initiative that focuses on ensuring that every young person is in education, training or work by 2030. Launched in 2018, Generation Unlimited convenes multisector public and private investment in education and employment of youth, while engaging young people in these efforts. 

The partnership takes SAP’s existing Building Digital Skills portfolio and investments to the next level. 

“People are anxious about the opportunity gap in this new economy,” said SAP CEO Bill McDermott. “Businesses need to take meaningful steps to upskill the current and future workforce, regardless of their age or where they live in the world. Together with UNICEF, SAP will focus on starting in the classroom where the foundation for every career is built. We will increase collaboration with the public sector and focus on the best possible curriculum to prepare future workers. This is another example where doing what’s right and doing what’s right for business are in perfect harmony.” 



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