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.
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.
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 allFind out more about our contribution to the UN SDGs
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.