Skills Development

Many young men and women lack the basic life skills, work preparedness or core business skills necessary for gainful employment. This is a key contributing factor that can lead to high unemployment and have an impact on economic growth and productivity. Impact can extend beyond economic factors; as large numbers of unemployed youths can affect social stability and lead to extremism in fragile environments.

While young people may not have the skills to enter employment, there are often demand side factors that contribute to low rates of youth employment. Poor links between employers and training providers, as well as a lack of clarity in government administration can exacerbate a shortage of skilled labour. 

Adam Smith International believes that long-lasting change in the skills development sector is best achieved by addressing demand and supply side issues together.

We provide expertise in the skills development sector in a number of ways:

  • Technical and vocational education and training: developing curricula, setting standards for training and qualifications, building institutions capable of delivering high quality courses, training of trainers, creating links with business and communities.
  • Apprenticeship schemes: designing and supporting the implementation of schemes to improve the skills for particular technical industries.
  • Market systems development: development of links with training providers, sector specific technical assistance, mentoring - matching entrepreneurs and enterprises with experienced professionals, pairing skills with sustainable markets, development of skills policies.