Youth Made Initiative Program Aims to Narrow the Widening Design and Tech Skills Gap.

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In a recent interview with CMRubinWorld, the founder of Youth Made Initiative, Ryan Ball, emphasizes the need for collaboration between educators and industry to promote learning in the growing design and tech field

There's a widening gap between unemployed individuals and companies in need of work. While many young adults can't find jobs, many employers say they can't find enough qualified applicants for filling jobs in the design and tech areas. Youth Made Initiative was founded by educator Ryan Ball as a collaboration between educators and industry to bring together the design and technology departments in schools with local design and manufacturing industry. While working in Malaysia, Ryan discovered a lack of understanding about design and tech among students and their parents. Many of his students wanted to study both subjects, but the opportunities in the school curriculum didn’t exist, although “the design and manufacturing industries were in abundance.” Ryan began creating learning-by-doing opportunities for his own students with local companies. Word got around about his program and soon, other schools and design and tech companies in other countries wanted in. The program rapidly grew and became known as Youth Made Initiative. Ball believes the ongoing success of the program “relies on forward-thinking adaptable teachers, proactive students, and generous companies to work to its full potential.”

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Ryan Ball is the founder of Youth Made Initiative. He is also a teacher, illustrator, and designer. and an expert on Design and Technology education. He is the Head of Design and Technology at Garden International School in Malaysia.

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