Young Talent Programs

The key constraints on economic and business development have become the skills, knowledge, and talent embodied in individual workers. In the Human Age, economic success and failure will increasingly be determined by the strategic acquisition and management, by businesses and individuals, of economically-relevant skills.

Young Talent enhancement programs:

  • They must be demand-driven, i.e. oriented to filling specific needs and actual vacancies for local employers, and must prepare individuals for those specific, available jobs.
  • They must be based on a firm employer commitment to articulate its skills requirements to trainers and to work with program graduates.
  • Post-employment counseling and mentoring are important to help new workforce entrants retain jobs acquired through training-to-employment programs.
  • Programs benefit from repeated engagement with experienced employer partners who can participate in program design and the specification of skills requirements, and who have acquired confidence in this recruitment channel.