29 June - 10 July 2015

Decent Work for Youth
A course for policy makers


Over the past decades, growing political attention has been given to youth employment – a challenge shared by all countries irrespective of the stage of economic development. Responding to an ever-increasing demand for assistance on youth employment is one of the main challenges currently facing the ILO. This high demand refl ects the renewed priority of ILO constituents to improve decent work prospects for youth.
The ILO adopted in 2012 a Resolution, “The youth employment crisis: A Call for Action” which contains guiding principles and a comprehensive set of conclusions describing policy measures that can guide constituents in shaping national strategies and action on youth employment. The Call for
Action sustains that a multi-pronged and balanced approach that takes into consideration the diversity of countries is the desired way to respond to the highest global priority of generating decent jobs for youth. This approach should foster pro-employment growth and decent job creation through economic policies; education, training and skills; labour market policies and institutions; entrepreneurship and self-employment; and rights at work for young people.
As recommended by the Resolution, and in order to effectively respond to requests from ILO constituents, the ILO’s Youth Employment Programme has coordinated the delivery of a training package on Decent Work for Youth. This training package has been developed under the
framework of the ILO/Sida Partnership Agreement in cooperation with the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO). ILO technical Units have been involved and consulted in the development of thematic modules.

The objective of the course “Decent Work for Youth” is to develop the capacity of ILO constituents to tackle the multi-faceted dimensions of the youth employment challenge.

At the end of the course, it is expected that participants have:

  • enhanced their capacity to apply concepts and information to youth labour market analysis, problem identification and policy design;
  • identified approaches and strategies to integrate youth employment in national development frameworks and national employment policy;
  • acquired knowledge and tools to support action on youth employment through the development of national action plans and/or national programmes on youth employment;
  • reviewed inter-institutional coordination mechanisms on youth employment policy and programme development.

Guided by policy messages on decent work for youth, the course will provide examples of international and national practice and tools for the promotion of youth employment at national and local levels. More specifically, the course will be built around the following main blocks:

  1. Introduction and normative framework and fundamental principles
  2. Policy areas
  3. The youth employment policy development process
  4. Implementation strategies (e.g. national action plans)
  5. Policy monitoring and evaluation
  6. Case studies

In line with the Turin Learning Approach implemented by the ITC, the workshop will be highly participatory and will allow for discussions and exploration of the ILO’s, social partners’ and participants’ perspectives. The methodology will be based on a combination of individual presentations by recognized subject-matter specialists, participants’ panel discussions, and group work exercises, which include the drafting of a “new policy agenda”. Participants are invited to bring along all documents that they feel are worth sharing with the international audience.

An integrated and coordinated approach to youth employment problems supposes that all partners engage in dialogue and build networks and partnerships that foster cooperation and make use of synergies, resources, knowledge and expertise.
This course will be of particular interest to:

  • Government officials involved in the design and implementation of employment policies, including staff from Ministries in charge of employment and labour issues, economy and planning, education or training, and labour market information units;
  • Staff of agencies responsible for labour market intermediation, vocational training and representatives of youth organisations;
  • Members of employers’ and workers’ organisations
  • Other relevant stakeholders (such as practitioners and ILO staff)

The participation of women is strongly encouraged

To download the Resource Persons list, click HERE.



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