University degrees are not the answer for Africa’s unemployed youth
Employers throw out degrees
Companies like Ernst & Young, PWC, and Penguin have already made bold steps in that direction, doing away with academic and education details in their application processes and attempting to level the playing field for talented individuals regardless of their background.
They will now use online assessments to judge the potential of applicants. Fortunately more companies are joining the shift to this new policy of throwing out the degree and shifting to competencies.
From the employee side, unemployed youth can become more attractive to prospective employers by gaining skills like problem-solving, effective communication and time management through bridge programs that focus on training and apprenticeship. While they may have to start with minimum pay and earn while they learn, if they stick it out, they can work their way up the experience, skill and income ladders. Learn more