Youth Workforce Development

Youth with meaningful employment contribute to a stable workforce, global security and economic prosperity, but they often lack the knowledge and skills needed to access decent jobs.

With 73 million young people unemployed worldwide in 2015, the lack of economic opportunity is a matter of worldwide concern. USAID's workforce development programs prepare young people for meaningful work opportunities through access to quality vocational, technical and higher education, coaching, internship placement, job matching, skills development and entrepreneurship programs. Providing higher levels of education can raise developing countries’ productivity significantly, and connecting youth to jobs skills and economic opportunity helps to mitigate root causes of migration, crime, instability and violent extremism.

Emphasis is also placed on engaging the underserved and the disadvantaged, including women, persons with disabilities, and the most marginalized and vulnerable, to equip them with the skills to support themselves and their families.