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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.

Our impact

Within just five years, in partnership with nonprofits, governments, and employers, Generation now offers programs in 26 professions across 300+ locations in 13 countries, making it the largest global organization by annual volume that trains and places learners in jobs.




employer partners


income after versus before Generation

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 70+ 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.

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