There are 71 million unemployed youth in the world and an estimated 40 million new health jobs to be created by 2030. With our Optimal Partnerships and Opportunities for Positive Youth Development and Health for All Framework, HRH2030 has envisioned how to foster connections between technical and vocational education and training institutions and health employers to support youth and build the future health workforce.
Adapting the health labor market (Sousa et al. 2013) and positive youth development frameworks (Hinson et al. 2016), we demonstrate optimal partnerships for engaging and preparing youth to become the future health workforce. Youth in health employment is an opportunity to achieve the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 goals and Sustainable Development Goals including ending poverty, ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, promoting full and productive employment and decent work for all, and reducing inequality within and among countries. In addition, for women, employment in the health sector is a key contributor to women’s economic and social empowerment.
HRH2030 is currently working in Indonesia to develop a case study to document how this framework could be applied in a country context to address youth employment needs and fill skill gaps in the health sector. This case study will be available in 2020.