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Academies designed to bridge the gap from education to employment

While many countries have improved access to education -- quality of education still remains a challenge. Thousands of young people are graduating from schools without practical, employable skills -- leaving a gap from education to employment.

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While many countries have improved access to education -- quality of education still remains a challenge. Thousands of young people are graduating from schools without practical, employable skills -- leaving a gap from education to employment. 

There are few interesting programs based in emerging markets that are focused on tackling this problem. 

1. Amal Academy (Pakistan

Started by two Stanford Alums, Amal leads "3-month intensive career fellowships" to help Pakistani youth in their final years of university to build the bridge from education to employment. The fellowship includes weekend training sessions on topics such as communication, teamwork, interviewing, and professional conduct, and has tied up with corporate companies to enable job placements. 

2. Spire (Kenya)

Spire has also recognized the gap in education to employment, and is designed to work with students who need employment, and employers who need talent. The model combines offline learning with online content, and is complimented by paid apprenticeships and classroom activities to gain practical experience. 

3. Talerang (India)

Started by HBS grad, Shveta Raina, Talerang was founded on the advice of professor Narayan Das to "tackle India's unemployment crisis." Students in batches of 30-50 are taken through a program modelled after Stephen Covey's six leadership and work readiness modules, with a focus on self-awareness, life visioning and lateral thinking. At the same time, students are connected with internships, which are complimented with weekend technical trainings on skills such as using powerpoint and excel.

It is clear that startups, social enterprises and non-profits are recognizing the  gap in education to employment. These models all share the notion that offline skill training, combined with on-the-job training for new students and young people, is critical to addressing this gap. 

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