$11.5trillion could be added to global GDP by 2028 if the skills gap was addressed
By 2030, more than one out of every two children will lack the most basic skills they need. They will be out of school, or have such a poor quality education that they are unable to read or do basic mathematics – let alone meet the demands of the coming Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will be driven by emerging technological advances.
The growing proportion of youth lacking basic work skills correlates to unprecedented levels of young people who are out of work or underemployed. But this skills shortage doesn’t just affect young people.
It means employers have a harder time recruiting the right talent, which places them at a disadvantage in competitive business landscapes. Where businesses face resource challenges, industries are less healthy and lack opportunities for workers. In short, a global skills mismatch means everyone loses.
With 1.8 billion youth around the world, Theirworld works to help bring the skills requirements for the next generation into sharper focus. We believe workforce readiness, soft skills, technical skills and entrepreneurship are vital to helping young people stake out a meaningful place in the society of the future.
We campaign for greater investment in inclusive skills for the next generation because it’s been proven that a quality education provides the best route out of poverty, inequality and instability.
If we are to address the global education crisis, governments, business and young people must work together to develop the resilient skills and qualifications that will be needed to adapt to the future of work.
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Skills for their future
We work globally to equip the next generation with the skills they need
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Leave No One Behind, with Designathon
Empowering refugee children to find solutions to the climate emergency
Leap Forward, with Chance for Childhood
Supporting the education of street-connected children and children who are in conflict with the law
Digital Literacy in Kenya, with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Improving digital literacy across rural northern Kenya
JA Rise Up Girls with Junior Achievement Africa
Building future female business leaders in Africa
Thaki Digital Skills
Improving digital literacy of young refugees, vulnerable children and teachers in Lebanon.
Hatua Kenya e-learning pilot
Boosting career opportunities for marginalised young people in Kenya
Zana Health Project Partner with The ZanaAfrica Foundation
Helping girls in rural Kenya understand their changing bodies and their rights
Young Climate Heroes in the Making, with Earth Warriors
Bespoke climate education for children and teachers on the frontline of the climate crisis.
Skills for Their Future with BRAC Tanzania
Empowering girls with vital digital skills to help them succeed in the workplace.
Small Grants Programme
Theirworld’s Small Grants Programme gives grants of up to £10,000 to registered charities and non-profits helping disadvantaged and overlooked young people in the UK and around the world.
Education Innovation Awards
Theirworld’s Education Innovation Awards offers non-profits, NGOs and charities the chance to secure scale-up grants and resources to help their work in reaching overlooked youth and children.
MBA Scholarships in Lebanon
MBA scholarships transforming the lives of refugees and vulnerable adults in Lebanon.
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