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The global context

Youth unemployment is a significant global social and economic challenge: more than 210 million young people are either unemployed or work while living in poverty1.

Simultaneously, some advances in technology, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, are leading to the automation of many categories of job, reducing employment opportunities and altering the nature of work.

Demand for digital skills already outstrips the supply of available talent: by 2020, there could be almost 500,000 digital technology jobs unfilled in Europe2, despite high levels of youth unemployment and the ability for young people to move easily across the EU in search of work.

39%53%SpainItalyGreeceSouth Africa35%44%

In many of the countries where we operate, youth unemployment remains at very high levels.

35% in Italy

39% in Spain

44% in Greece

53% in South Africa.

We are supporting young people to thrive in the digital economy

Our 2022 goal

Support 10 million young people to access digital skills, learning and employment opportunities

Enhancing digital skills

With a growing digital skills gap, in addition to the challenges facing the world of work, we believe that urgent action is needed to help young people develop their digital skills and access learning and employment opportunities.

In March 2018, we launched our international future jobs programme, What will you be?, which will provide young people career guidance and access to training content and jobs in the digital economy.

As part of this we launched our Future Jobs Finder, a smartphone-based service which offers young people a free and simple yet comprehensive gateway to gaining new digital skills and discovering opportunities for employment in the growing digital economy.

Bringing more young people into Vodafone

Our 2022 goal

Provide up to 100,000 young people with a digital workplace experience at Vodafone

Digital workplace experience

We have committed to extend the opportunities we offer to young people to access workplace experiences within our business. Over the next four years, we will increase the number of opportunities offered to under-25s to experience the world of work at Vodafone, reaching a total of up to 100,000 by 2022.

We will do this by expanding our existing graduate, apprenticeship, internship and work experience schemes worldwide. This represents the largest commitment Vodafone has ever made to the training and development of young people since our company was founded over 30 years ago.

Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our approach is contributing to SDGs 4 and 8

SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Find out more about our contribution to the UN SDGs
SDG 4: Quality education SDG 5: Gender equality SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth SDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure SDG 13: Climate action

We believe we can have the greatest impact on five of the UN SDGs through our networks, products and services and through the work of the Vodafone Foundation.

We believe urgent action is needed to help young people develop their digital skills and access learning and employment opportunities that will help them thrive in the digital economy. Our commitment to support young people to address these dual challenges is predominantly addressed through SDG 8, which aims to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.