Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of expert organisations in over 50 countries supporting underserved young people to turn their ideas into successful businesses, creating jobs and strengthening communities. YBI members around the world provide young entrepreneurs with an integrated package of support, comprising training, mentoring, access to finance and other services, to help them start and grow sustainable businesses. Members are locally rooted and locally led, so their programmes combine deep contextual knowledge with YBI’s sector-leading global expertise and tools. YBI is facilitated by a Network Team based in London and Bogotá.
The labour market is rapidly changing under the influence of technological progress and disruption, alongside a dwindling supply of traditional, secure employment opportunities for young people. Fostering youth entrepreneurship is a critical part of the solution. With 66 million young people unemployed in 2018, andthe global youth labour force predicted to expand by 25.6 million between 2017 and 2030 (source: ILO),the skills and capabilities needed for success are also changing. Recent studies from the Skills for Youth Employment (S4YE) coalition, of which YBI is a member, and the New Skills Nowresearch published by our long-standing partner Accenture, have underlined the importance of equipping young people to thrive in a digital economy by developing not just digital skills but also soft skills (or ‘human skills’ – encompassing social, interpersonal and leadership skills) and an entrepreneurial mindset.
YBI’s vision is that all young people who want to set up a business are able to fulfil their potential. We believe we can have most impact by focusing our efforts on those whose social or economic status, background or circumstance place them at a disadvantage in being able to successfully start and/or grow a business. In order to ensure the continued relevance and quality of our work, in 2019 YBI will be developing new training methodologies and guidance to address those skills which will be of greatest importance for disadvantaged young people around the world to grasp the opportunities that entrepreneurship can offer them.
To inform these activities, YBI is seeking a consultant or team of consultants to conduct a comprehensive review of the key skills needed for young entrepreneurs to thrive in a digital world, how those skills can best be developed, and what approaches to their development currently exist, both within and outside the YBI Network.
The objective of this research is to explore what skills will be most required for young entrepreneurs in a future world of work, and to use this knowledge to inform the development of YBI’s human skills training offer, building on existing good practice.
The consultant/consultancy team should possess:
Proposals for conducting this consultancy must be submitted in English by 9:00AM (GMT) on Monday, 17th December 2018. Proposals must include:
Proposals will be reviewed by YBI's Network Team, and the process may include a short phone call conversation or interview. Outcomes will be communicated to all applicants by Friday, 4th January 2019.Apply