Creating Opportunities for Meaningful Employment
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Creating opportunities for meaningful employment

McKinsey believes in the power of work to transform people’s lives and their communities.

Inspired by our research into the journey from education to employment, McKinsey founded Generation, an independent nonprofit organization, in 2014. Generation represents one of the ways we have committed to helping achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, Goal 8, to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all. Generation was created to tackle a global and seemingly intractable problem: Why were so many young people unemployed, even as many businesses struggled to fill job vacancies?

Career-launching jobs

Generation provides opportunities for unemployed or underemployed people to prepare for and launch sustainable careers, by addressing the most persistent barriers to those searching for stable employment.

Generation’s impact

In partnership with nearly 4,000 nonprofits, governments, and employers, Generation has graduated more than 38,000 people in 28 professions in 14 countries, making it the largest global organization by annual volume that trains and places learners in jobs. 




employer partners to date


average income uplift

(before versus after Generation)


The people most affected by the current economic and health crisis are those with the fewest resources, and they are at risk of being left behind. Generation is working toward an inclusive recovery by reimagining the systems that support them. In 2019, Generation expanded beyond a focus on youth to also serve those in mid-career who are returning to work after time away, need to learn new skills, or have lost their jobs—which is all too common right now. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Generation worked with healthcare systems to develop online healthcare programs to prepare 200,000 nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, and midwives to treat and care for COVID-19 patients.

McKinsey’s support for Generation

McKinsey occupies a unique role in Generation’s founding and design, which was premised on the vision of Generation as an independent nonprofit, able to grow with a wide array of partners and funders. Today, McKinsey stands proudly as one of Generation’s 80+ supporters and will continue providing funding as well as our most valuable resource of all: our people. Since 2014, over 300 McKinsey employees have played a meaningful role in Generation’s success and growth. We will continue contributing the talent of our consultants to enable Generation to help additional people in need of employment.

From our blog

For its bold COVID-19 response, Generation earns a 2020 Roddenberry Prize

– The independent nonprofit founded by McKinsey has re-skilled hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers and committed to creating an inclusive economic recovery.


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