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Around the world, many employers who already are struggling to fill job vacancies cast a wary eye toward the future. The existing mismatch between youth skills and employer needs threatens to become even wider as Industry 4.0 transforms business and jobs faster than workers can adapt.
Entrepreneurship provides opportunities for youth to bypass traditional barriers to employment. And by supporting entrepreneurship we enable youth to be a powerful part of the solution.
While that may sound dire, leaders and visionaries recognize it as an obligation—even an opportunity—to reconsider how jobs and skills should be aligned, and how potential employees can demonstrate these skills.
We carry an exciting energy, enthusiasm, and creativity as youth in what we do, thus it is a waste of human capital when these gifts are not tapped in improving businesses, letting potentials lie idle, and putting the current and future world of work in jeopardy.
People do not want to invest in nor work for a company that is not socially responsible. Investing in their current and future workforce by developing skilling, re-skilling, and life-long learning programs is therefore critical and essential.
Business is the X factor. Youth investment needs to made tangible and real for the bottom line of business.