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WSI Intuit Education Sustainable Careers Challenge, SDG 4WSI

Design a product, service or initiative that promotes quality technical/vocational education, relevant skills training or lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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For societies to thrive, all citizens need to be able to find decent work—but first they need the kind of education that prepares them for decent work. That's what SDG 4 is all about.

It calls for societies around the world to provide quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for youth and adults. Just as importantly, it says that quality education isn't only about gaining relevant skills for work, but also about developing the kinds of cognitive and non-cognitive skills that prepare you for success in that work: creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and conflict resolution.

That's a tall order! One part of the equation is coming up with innovative ways to make quality education—be it preschool, primary, secondary, technical/vocational, university or other higher education—inclusive and equally available to all. The other part of the equation is making sure that education gives people the kinds of skills that prepare them for work.

Your challenge from Intuit is to think big about one particular aspect of this really big issue: technical/vocational education. The sort of education that can prepare young people (or upskill adults) for some of the most essential jobs that exist today.

What's your innovative idea, either for improving the quality of technical/vocational education, or for ensuring more equitable access to technical/vocational education?

If you don't know how to tackle this, start close with your own experience, then work your way out.

  • If you're a student, do you feel prepared to enter the workforce when you're done with school? What would make you feel prepared? Do you know what kinds of skills you need for the kind of work you want to do?
  • If you're out of school, did you enter the workforce feeling prepared or did you feel you were lacking some important skills? How did your education help you (or not)?
  • Next consider the people around you—family, friends, neighbors. Does their work allow them to provide adequately for themselves and their families? What was it about their education that prepared them (or didn't prepare them) to join the workforce?
  • Then think about another community besides your own. What challenges do people in that community have getting access to technical/vocational education and learning relevant skills? What could help them?

Here are some examples of solutions focused on relevant skills for employment and entrepreneurship:

  • NFTE is a nonprofit organization that activates the entrepreneurial mindset and builds startup skills in youth.
  • Torsh is a for-profit enterprise that utilizes technology to improve professional development for teachers, so they can improve instructional effectiveness.
  • Founders4Schools is a nonprofit focused on bridging the gap between education and the world of work.
  • GVI provides internships and volunteering opportunities outside the U.S. that are focused on improving youth employability while advancing the Global Goals.

Bonus tools and thought-starters! Watch Diego Rodriguez, Chief Product and Design Officer at Intuit, talk about design thinking and check out the Intuit Education Design 4 Delight Playbook.

Intuit Education

Intuit believes every student deserves a prosperous life, but the path to prosperity is not easy for all. Half of small businesses fail in the first five years, and the majority of people live paycheck to paycheck, where even a small emergency can send a family into financial crisis. Intuit Education is committed to changing the story by providing free financial and career readiness programs. Using real-world tools like TurboTax, Mint, QuickBooks and Design for Delight, students gain the confidence to live the lives they want. Because at Intuit, we believe the world only prospers when everyone prospers.

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At Intuit, we say our mission is powering prosperity around the world. How do we do that? We bring the world's top talent together, encourage every employee to bring their whole self to work, and invest in our collective future by making a commitment to innovation and protecting the planet.

Sasan Goodarzi / CEO, Intuit

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