#8 All experience must matter - Youth Capital
What does it really cost young people to look for work?
Get the facts here

#8
All experience must matter

Youth Capital advocates for employers to recognise and reward young people’s informal, volunteer and extracurricular experience.

Career pathways are crucial to help young people move between the informal and formal sectors. Employers are part of this process. Acknowledging young people’s work experience in the informal sector can change this.

Jobs
All Experience Must Matter
Jobs
All Experience Must Matter
Jobs
All Experience Must Matter

The facts are

  • 3 in 10

The number of young people (15-35) who are discouraged from actively seeking employment

Source

  • 3 in 10

The number of young people who think they will find a job in the following month

Source

  • 8 in 10

 unemployed young people who have never had a job

Source

“A challenge I often encounter is that many employers don’t recognise all experiences that young people have. This puts many of us who don’t have experience in the formal job sector at a disadvantage in getting jobs.”

-Lindokuhle Msele

RESEARCH

The impact of volunteer experience for both the host and the person doing the volunteer work is well documented.

In this impact study, Deloitte unpacks  how the skills and leadership experience gained through volunteering are respected, and provide an edge for candidates during the hiring process.

What could improved certification look like?

Side hustles, volunteer work and piece jobs are seen as valuable work experience by young people and employers alike.

Investment into the social economy is focused on providing young people with helpful skills and work experience. 

Employers welcome reference letters valuing all work experiences, including those in the informal sector and unpaid community development work.

We’ve got a plan!

Join over 50 organisations and 15 000 individuals and add your voice and experience to a coordinated response to youth unemployment.

Endorse the Action Plan as an:

More from the Action Plan

Certify us
ACTION PLAN | EDUCATION
#1 Certify us
Catch us up
ACTION PLAN | EDUCATION
#2 Catch us up
Make us count
ACTION PLAN | EDUCATION
#3 Make us count
Support us beyond the classroom
ACTION PLAN | EDUCATION
#4 Support us beyond
the classroom
Make job-seeking affordable
ACTION PLAN | TRANSITIONS
#5 Make job-seeking affordable
Grow our circles
ACTION PLAN | TRANSITIONS
#6 Grow our circles
Bridge the information gap
ACTION PLAN | TRANSITIONS
#7 Bridge the information gap
All experience must matter
ACTION PLAN | JOBS
#8 All experience must matter
Unlock opportunities for us
ACTION PLAN | JOBS
#9 Unlock opportunities for us
Make public employment work
ACTION PLAN | JOBS
#10 Make public employment work
WhatsApp
Let’s keep talking

Sign up to receive news about fresh research, events, activations and more. No spam, promise.

I agree to be emailed