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MERCY Workforce Development

Workforce developmen is one of the most needed resources that human beings require for survival. MERCYWORLDWIDE believes that there is only one race, the human race, and as such every individual deserves the right to work and have the ability to sustain themselves

In our efforts to assist the humanitarian need for workforce development around the world MERCY has implemented the establishment of the “MERCY village” in all 6 continents of the world and in the 54 cities that have an established MERCY branch. Each MERCY village will take 6 six years to be completed, in third world countries, and during the six year of establishment there will be a focus on food security.

The establishment of the MERCY village follows the pattern below:

  1. Water – First Year –> MERCY H2O
  2. Food – Second Year –> MERCY Meals
  3. Health – Third Year –> MERCY Health
  4. Disaster Preparedness – Fourth Year –> MERCY Disaster
  5. Education – Fifth Year –> MERCY Education
  6. Workforce Development – Six Year –> MERCY Workforce
Unemployment
  1. US unemployment rate was recorded at 4.9 percent in August 2016, unchanged from the previous two months while missing market expectations of 4.8 percent. The number of unemployed persons was flat at 7.8 million and the labor force participation ratestood at 62.8 percent
  2. Mauritania, on Africa’s west coast, has the highest unemployment in the world, according to the ILO. It’s also one of the poorest countries. The World Bank estimated its GDP per capita at only $2,230 in 2013.
  3. Unemployment in the U.S. dipped to 5.4% in the spring of 2015. It was the lowest rate in the last seven years and shows the nation is recovering from the financial crisis of 2008.
  4. Most of the countries with the lowest unemployment are in southern Asia
  5. African nations of Benin, Rwanda, as well as Qatar on the Arabian Peninsula in western Asia, have a stunning unemployment rate – ranging from 0.3% to 2.3%
  6. According to the ILO, the global unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in 2010, compared with 6.3 percent in 2009, but still well above the 5.6 percent rate in 2007.
  7. The world’s youth population is larger than ever before; one in eight young people are unemployed and over a quarter are trapped in jobs that keep them on or below the poverty line.
Foster youth lacking jobs
  1. Research shows that employment is an area of difficulty for a great many of the teens who “age out” of foster care. A 1991 study found that only 49% of youth discharged from foster care were employed, compared to 65% of other youth aged 16 to 24.
  2. Only 38% of former foster youth had stayed employed and only 48% had held a full-time job.
  3. Of those who had held a full-time job, the median weekly salary was only $205. Earnings at this level make independent living very difficult
College students unemployed
  1. Of 41.7 million working college graduates in 2010, about 48 percent of the class of 2010 work jobs that require less than a bachelor’s degree, and 38 percent of those polled didn’t even need high school diplomas
  2. College grads will grow by 19 million between 2010 and 2020, while the number of jobs requiring that education is expected to grow by less than 7 million
  3. Investors Business Daily reported that for the first time in history, the majority of jobless workers (57 percent) have attended college.
Lacking basic work skills
  1. 36 million adults in the U.S. are “low-skilled.” That is, they lack the most basic skills in literacy, numeracy and problem-solving deemed minimally necessary for meaningful employment in a high-tech global economy
  2. According to the OECD, black and Hispanics are “three to four times more likely to have low skills than whites.” In addition, 43% of adult Hispanics and 35% of adult African-Americans possess low literacy skills compared with “only 10% of whites.”
  3. English-speaking immigrants in the United States with low-educated parents are 10 times more likely to have low literacy skills
  4. One third of young people in Sub-Saharan Africa fail to complete primary school and lack skills for work.
  5. In developing countries, 200 million people aged 15 to 24 have not even completed primary school and need alternative pathways to acquire basic skills for employment and prosperity.
Alternative pathways need it
  1. Alternative pathways to learn basic and foundation skills must be provided for an estimated  200 million young people
  2. All young people need quality training in relevant foundation skills at lower secondary school
  3. Upper secondary curricula should provide a balance between vocational and technical skills, including IT, and transferable skills such as confidence and communication which are indispensable for the work place.
  4. Skills strategies must target the disadvantaged: particularly young women and urban and rural poor.
  5. 8 billion USD is needed to ensure all young people attend lower secondary education in developing countries. Governments as well as donors and the private sector must help fill the funding gap.
  6. In developing countries, around 200 million young people need a second chance to acquire the basic literacy and numeracy skills