Aha Design – Empowering Youth Jobseekers

08 Decent work and economic growth
  • Original Title: Aha Design – Empowering Youth Jobseekers
  • Year: 2014
  • Award: WSA European Young Innovators
  • Category: European Young Innovators
  • Producer: Marten Wetterberg, Iman Fadaei
  • Organisation: Aha Design
  • Country: United Kingdom
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Aha Design fights youth unemployment by connecting talented unemployed youngsters with businesses through a freelance platform. While youth unemployment remains at 20% in the UK and current solutions prove ineffective, Aha Design offers income to youth, rather than training or work experience. Partnering with charities, the project targets unemployed youth from all backgrounds: its unique business model focuses on the real needs of business clients and leverages existing skills of youth within that framework.

A pilot project engaged orphans, homeless and recent immigrants, all of whom were successfully supported. Aha Design acted as a digital agency working with clients in a way they understand and managing all freelancers internally, to provide training, web design and development services.