AIESEC releases ‘Youth Global Employability Report’ insights; more than 400 Employers from over 65 countries respond

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Rotterdam, Netherlands, October 18, 2017 – AIESEC publishes insights collected from more than 400 Employers in over 65 countries and territories on understanding the landscape of youth employment and mobility in the global job market. The insights gathered in the Youth Employability Report can be found here.

The Report is a result of collected survey answers based on key questions on skills and experiences employers anticipate in youth to take up employment opportunities that are not in their native origins. The report, displaying 2017 insights, will provide employers and educators with key information that will help adjust their recruitment and engagement strategies targeting youth from abroad.

Abdelrahman Ayman, AIESEC’s Global President for the 2017-18 term, stated that upon surveying more than 400 organizations, 30% of respondents clarified that the top reason for them not being able to fill job opening positions is due to candidates’ lack of required job skills.

“A lot of times, young people complain about the lack of opportunities accessible to them,” Ayman said. “That’s why we believe that as a youth-run organization, AIESEC, through its exchange programs, has a responsibility build a generation that is more employable and equipped with the skills set needed to face an era of digital disruption.”

In order to generate the maximum amount of online engagement and quantitative and qualitative data collection, AIESEC ran a campaign on their LinkedIn page that contributed to discussions between employers, educators, and youth. Insights from AIESEC’s 2016 YouthSpeak Survey were also included in the report to enrich the content.

Philip Sladdin, PwC Partner and Global AIESEC Champion, wrote in the report that organizations and employers have a responsibility to provide young people with opportunities that empower them.

“For me, leadership development, coupled with career and talent mobility opportunities … may be one of the secrets for youth talent retention.” Sladdin wrote.

The report’s insights will help AIESEC and employers alike enhance their internal operations to create enriching experiences for its youth audience to better prepare for the global workforce; Bridging the gap between education to employment through youth mobility.


AIESEC is a global organization striving to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind’s potential by activating leadership qualities in youth through learning from practical experiences in challenging environments. With offices in more than 122 countries and territories, AIESEC is a non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Around the world, AIESEC partners with more than 2,600 universities and 8000+ organizations to facilitate professional and personal development experiences for young people across the globe.

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About the Youth Global Employability Report:

Youth Global Employability Report is an employer insight gathering initiative powered by AIESEC. The report is focused on understanding the landscape of youth employment in the global job market asking key questions of what skills and experiences employers are anticipating in youth to take up employment opportunities that are not in their native origins. The uniqueness of this report is to understand the combined insights between youth employment and youth mobility. Over 65 countries and territories and 400 employers’ voices are captured in the 2017 survey.

For more information, please contact:

Joaquim Sanvictores, AIESEC,


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