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Youth unemployment is a significant global challenge. According to a recent report by McKinsey & Company, young people worldwide are three times more likely than their parents to be out of work. In the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, more than one in eight of all 15 to 24 year-olds are NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training). Moreover, the International Labor Organization estimates that, globally, there are 75 million young people who are unemployed. Paradoxically, many entry-level jobs around the world remain unfulfilled because companies cannot find people with the right skills.

To address this problem, Legacy Alcoa Foundation created the Global Internship Program for Unemployed Youth. Legacy Alcoa Foundation committed over $2 million to provide workforce readiness training, paid internships with local manufacturers, and career planning and placement for more than 700 unemployed youth (ages 18 to 24) in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. The goal is to equip unemployed youth with the skills and experience to start successful careers in the manufacturing sector.

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of Alcoa Foundation and Arconic Foundation. To execute the program, IIE and its funding partners work with five local nonprofit organizations in Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States with existing job readiness and employment programs that offer both job training and internships with small and medium-sized manufacturing companies in the local community. Each nonprofit organization will receive an average of $100,000 to deploy a paid internship program in the community.

As part of the Global Internship Program for Unemployed Youth, IIE and Legacy Alcoa Foundation worked with local nonprofit organizations to deliver unique workforce development programs that served 500 unemployed youth (ages 18 to 24) in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States between 2013 – 2015. IIE, Alcoa Foundation, and Arconic Foundation are currently working with local nonprofit organizations in Australia, France, the United Kingdom and the United States to allow an additional 200 individuals will participate in the second phase of the program between 2015 – 2017. The goal of these programs is to provide youth with the workforce experience to pursue successful careers in manufacturing.

Each workforce development program will incorporate the following components:

  • Workforce Readiness and Counseling:

    Workforce readiness and counseling enables participants to acquire the soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Soft skills are generally recognized as the interpersonal skills that help the worker function effectively in the workplace. For example, soft skills may include showing up to work on time, dressing appropriately, being able to communicate verbally and in writing, and solving problems.

  • Paid Internship:

    Through paid internships participants acquire invaluable on the job training at small and medium sized manufacturing companies. The internship experience may entail safety training, job shadowing, and learning how to perform basic tasks using a specific type of manufacturing equipment.

  • Career Planning and Placement:

    Career planning and placement helps participants to think strategically about their career options and develop career goals. The career planning and placement component will culminate in career fairs for all participants who have completed their internships. At the career fairs, participants network with manufacturers and training and education providers. Ideally the career fairs fulfill the participants’ immediate career goals by enabling them to secure employment or enroll in a program to further their education.

While each workforce development program incorporates the aforementioned components, each partner nonprofit organization designs and implements its own unique program that is best suited for the needs of the local population and community being served.


Expected Outcomes (2015 – 2017)

The Global Internship Program for Unemployed Youth aims to achieve the following outcomes:

  • By the end of the program, 90% of program participants will have completed their internships and indicated an increase in knowledge related to post-secondary career and training/education options.
  • Within six months of completing the program, 60% of program participants will have found employment and/or started a training/education program
  • By September 2017, 5 non-profits and at least 25 companies will have improved their capacity to train, provide internships and mentor youth going into the workforce.

Highlighted Outcomes (2013 – 2015)

Between 2013 – 2015, the Global Internship Program for Unemployed Youth achieved the following outcomes:

  • By the end of the program, 95% of program participants completed their internships and 90% indicated an increase in knowledge related to post-secondary career and training/education options.
  • Within six months of completing the program, 62% of program participants had found employment and/or started a training/education program.
  • As of September 2015, 72% of program participants were employed or engaged in training/education opportunities.

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