10 minimum standards for a Skills Friendly City
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1. Direct engagement with young people.
Youth are engaged and involved in efforts related to their future,
especially closing the skills and employment gaps.
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2. A focus on underserved youth.
There is a commitment to identifying, monitoring and targeting underserved
youth with opportunities for skills and employment.
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3. Inclusive and equitable, quality education systems.
Local education systems are equitable, accessible, and
sufficiently resourced.
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4. Pathways from education to employment.
Clear pathways exist in the city at the high school and post-secondary level.
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5. Curriculum adapted to future workforce skills.
Curriculum has explicit focus on 4IR skills (workforce readiness, soft skills, technical skills, entrepreneurship and resilience).
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6. Employer engagement in building opportunity pipelines.
Employers proactively engage with public policy officials, school systems and government agencies to build pathways from education to employment.
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7. Meaningful and equitable employment.
Employment is meaningful, pays a livable wage and respects the dignity and contributions of young people.
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8. Youth-focused funding partnerships.
Local funding and philanthropy, from public to private, reflects the city’s priority on youth futures through programs, subsidies, incentives, and scholarships.
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9. Supportive ecosystem.
The design of public services and policies create an ecosystem of support for young people on the pathway from education to employment, including transportation, health care, mental health services, childcare and quality food.
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10. Dedicated platform for opportunity dissemination and matchmaking.
The city has a central clearing house, platform, or other mechanisms for making information about skills training, employment and other opportunities available to youth.
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