Joining forces to upskill the world's youth

The jobs of the future are likely to require new skills that are harder to come by in communities where opportunities are lacking. To help bridge this gap, PwC has entered into a collaboration with UNICEF that aims to help upskill millions of young people.

The collaboration supports Generation Unlimited1, a multi sector partnership aimed at helping 1.8 billion young people transition from school to work by 2030. Together, we work with young people, businesses and policy makers to help create the right conditions for youth to succeed.

This collaboration represents an important milestone in PwC’s New world. New skills. journey.

“We believe business has a responsibility to help address the upskilling challenge for all of our stakeholders, including the communities in which we live and work and all of their citizens.”

Bob Moritz, PwC Global Chair

The collaboration addresses global and local needs

Global needs: We encourage a global movement by engaging leaders from government, industry and the international community and urging them to rally behind young people and invest in the development of 21st century skills for the next generation of talent. We do this by:

  • Co-creating thought leadership that addresses upskilling challenges from different perspectives and offers potential solutions for creating better conditions for young people.
    • Stepping forward examines the youth digital divide and how stakeholders from across sectors can work together to help address four core elements that will enable young people to cross the digital divide.
    • Reaching YES identifies three global youth skilling gaps which impede youth from gaining the skills they need and actionable steps for business, government and corporate leaders to address the skilling gaps.
    • The Net Zero Generation makes the case for why governments and businesses must work in partnership to prioritise and invest in green skills for youth, as the net zero transition continues to transform our economies and societies.
  • Facilitating commitment to action across the public and private sectors at a global scale by convening relevant stakeholders to engage in dialogue and debate about the topic of upskilling.

Local needs: We develop and expand country programmes that meet local needs. For example:

  • In South Africa, PwC South Africa and UNICEF are collaborating to work with young women to build Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) skills, with a focus on future technical careers for those who are unable to receive a university education. We are also helping school leavers and job seekers develop the skills of the future through partnerships, advocacy and research.
  •  PwC India works with Generation Unlimited (called YuWaah! in India) to help enable its mission to transform education, skilling and employment with and for India’s 300 million+ young people. Ongoing engagement with youth provides a blueprint for a platform that PwC India and Yuwaah! are developing to connect young people with options – offering career guidance, training and ultimately jobs – and with government, so the voice of youth is heard and represented in public policy. 

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Colm Kelly

Colm Kelly

Global Corporate Sustainability Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited

Bethan Grillo

Bethan Grillo

Managing Director, Global Corporate Sustainability, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited

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