Through investment in skills training and career counselling, this collaboration between the John Lewis Foundation and Save the Children will improve the life chances and prospects of young people. By providing training for 2,400 out-of-school migrants in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, and therefore improving their chances of securing a safe and positive transition into decent employment for these young people, the John Lewis Foundation will also help to develop more productive and sustainable communities with inclusive, skilled, and reliable workforces.
According to the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) definition, 'decent' employment is 'work that is productive and delivers a fair income, security in the workplace and social protection for families, better prospects for personal development and social integration, freedom for people to express their concerns, organise and participate in the decisions that affect their lives and equality of opportunity and treatment for all women and men'. This three-year programme will equip out-of-school migrants in China, aged between 16-25, with the relevant, high quality skills they need to obtain that decent employment. Ultimately, by supporting disadvantaged young migrants gain relevant employability skills and access to decent job offerings, this programme will enable them to realise their potential and break the cycle of poverty.