Working with Unicef to boost youth skills worldwide

Why we’re working together

PwC and UNICEF, in support of Generation Unlimited, have announced a global collaboration that aims to help young people gain the knowledge and skills they need to seek decent employment in the digital economy. The collaboration will support research on the growing global skills challenge and develop, expand and fund education and skills programmes in countries including India and South Africa.

It will bring together the unique and complementary skills, experience and resources of PwC and UNICEF to help young people gain the knowledge and skills needed to access opportunities in the digital world, particularly in communities and regions where the need is acute.

Focusing on young people who are not currently in employment or looking for work for the first time, and on communities and regions where the need is greatest, the collaboration aims to contribute to Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

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What we’re doing

The partnership between PwC and UNICEF will focus on:

– Engaging with governments, young people, private sector partners, civic and development organizations to design and conduct research on upskilling and facilitate dialogue and action at a global scale by convening relevant stakeholders.

– Developing and expanding individual country programmes that meet local needs. For example in South Africa, PwC and UNICEF will collaborate to help 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. In India, PwC will work with UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited partnership to achieve and enable the mission of its YuWaah initiative, which aims to transform education, skilling, and employment with and for India’s more than 300 million youth.

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. It also makes business sense: in PwC's latest Global CEO Survey, three quarters of CEOs said the lack of available skills is a major concern and risk. Many of the people who need upskilling the most have the least access to opportunities. By joining forces with UNICEF, we believe we can help reach more people who may otherwise be unwillingly left behind. Together, we aim to upskill millions of young people
Bob Moritz, Chairman, PwC Network

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