Development of Career Pathways Development Guide

This career pathways development guide is developed by an independent consultancy firm Game Changers Consulting PLC in collaboration with First Consult – BRIDGES Program.  BRIDGES is a five-year programme (2019-2024) that aims to create employment opportunities for young women and men by unlocking the job creation potential of industrial parks, large enterprises as well as micro, small and medium enterprises.  With Ethiopia’s labour force expanding by two million each year, BRIDGES seeks to contribute toward the country’s efforts to create productive and decent jobs for the youth by direct job creation within factories, as well as promoting employment opportunities in micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The result of these efforts will be the creation of jobs for more than 500,000 young people.

This guide outlines a step-by-step approach to building industry-driven career pathway programs that align education and training programs with the needs of the local economy to ensure that existing workers, students and job seekers are prepared with the right skills and experiences to get jobs in the driving sectors of their local economies. In addition, this guide is developed to support education and training providers, business leaders, managers and HR personnel’s to implement the Career Pathway program within their organization. It is intended to be a tool for employees to navigate their career options, as well as plan and grow their careers. To this effect; the goal of career pathways program is to create both avenues of advancement for current workers, jobseekers and future labor market entrants and a supply of qualified workers.

This guide is organized into three sections. Following an introductory section, Section Two describes the steps of building career pathways program. This process is broken down into eight steps: (1) Establish career pathways partnership, (2) Gap Analysis, (3) Develop job profiles and creating a career pathway map, (4) Build career pathway programs, (5) Capacity building of relevant  partners, (6) Implementation, (7) Continuous improvement and (8) Expansion. Section Three describes organizational level career pathways development process and Section Four states possible recommendations for different actors who can play in helping to cultivate pathways partnerships nationwide.

The primary audience for this guide is public and private education and training providers, relevant industry stakeholders and labour organizations who are jointly responsible for developing and implementing a high quality education, training and workforce development program that effectively meets the skill needs of workers and employers in the industry set-up.

If properly implemented, the steps in this guide should result in the following outcomes: