The year 2021 marked the second year of the covid-19 pandemic. Even though we were by then more used to the restrictions imposed by the crisis, we still had to navigate between times of lockdowns and periods of economic reopening. The youth demonstrated great flexibility, having to adapt quickly from coming to the centers everyday to suddenly having to follow the programs online. Similarly, our partners showed incredible resilience and understanding when - yet again last year - most of our professional exposure activities were conducted digitally.
Indeed, despite a challenging context, in 2021 our partners kept supporting the LP4Y Youth in innovative ways. In June 2021, General Electric held its annual Talent Week online with the center of Cilincing, Indonesia. All along the week, 18 Youth were able to benefit from coaching sessions from 5 employees to help them create content for advocacy training to the community. In the Philippines, from March to July 2021, our partner Webhelp trained the LP4Y Youth on the much sought after job of BPO agent. 23 Youth successfully graduated from the program. From October 5 to 8, 2021, during their Impact Together Week, 200 Capgemini employees provided 238 mock interviews to 154 Youth, thereby preparing them for their future job search. The Laundry Bag managed to organise 10 company visits for the Youth in Raipur, including some done online. Similarly, in March 2021, H&M - a Youth Inclusion Network member - organised a virtual exposure day for 148 Youth in the Philippines. Finally, in a context of economic recovery, our partners even managed to provide internships and recruit some of the LP4Y Youth. Last year, Idemia in Delhi provided internships to 15 youth and BBMS Monchere Dormitory welcomed 42 Youth for two-week internships. Novotel Chennai provided part-time opportunities to 2 Youth, Decathlon Philippines recruited 21 Youth and Bolloré Philippines signed short-term contracts with 2 Youth in Manila.
In 2021, our partners and us were more used to the impact of Covid and thus more easily adapted our activities to make sure to maintain them. In fact, we organised many more partner activities as compared to 2020. In 2021, we had 1335 actions done with our 446 partners:
882 mock interviews in 2021 (376 in 2020)
188 training in 2021(40 in 2020)
71 company visits in 2021 (43 in 2020)
122 internships provided by partners in 2021 (42 in 2020)
72 Youth integrated by partners in 2021 (29 in 2020)
This sense of positive adaptation, and going back to business is reflected in the survey that we conducted amongst our corporate partners in 2021. Two years after Covid-19 occured, LP4Y, hand in hand with the Youth Inclusion Network (YIN), wanted to analyze the answers to the crisis from the companies compared to the ones in the same survey conducted the year before from July to September 2020 across the same APAC countries : Myanmar, Nepal, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam.
In 2021, 59 respondents stepped back on the impact of the pandemic on their HR and business strategies in the first place, thought of their potential future challenges and finally questioned their capacity to recruit excluded Youth.
The survey of 2020 had found that corporates had suffered badly from the sudden crisis and recruitment as well as activities for excluded youth had been heavily impacted.