Decent Jobs for Youth aims to tackle the youth employment challenge all over the world, with a particular emphasis on helping countries deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Learn more about the actions our partners are taking at country and regional level by exploring the map and browsing through the commitments below.
The Nigerian Youth Employment Action Plan was developed by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development (FMYSD), as a strategy to respond effectively to the youth employment challenge in Nigeria. The major objectives of the plan are to address fragmentation and harness technical and financial resources for meaningful impact. The plan targets young people between the ages of 18-35 years and details needed actions in support of employment creation for youth in critical economic and social sectors and outlines the financing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation frameworks. FMYSD is the lead entity and is responsible for budgetary provisions and for funds mobilization.
The UN Office of Counter-Terrorism / UN Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNOCT/UNCCT) Project is aimed at building awareness and delivering capacity-building trainings to principals of select TVET institutes on prevention of violent extremism, enhanced institute management and job placement of youth in order to strengthen youth resilience against terrorist radicalization and recruitment.
In 2018, McDonald’s set a global goal to reduce barriers to employment for two-million young people by 2025, through pre-employment job readiness training, employment opportunities and workplace development programs. In addition to providing job opportunities that young people need to kick start their career, the company and participating Franchisees are expanding existing training and education programs to go beyond those they hire. In partnership with local community organizations and the International Youth Foundation (IYF), McDonald’s is rolling out a new pre-employment job readiness training program designed to help young people develop the competencies employers are looking for in entry-level employees.
“Ukrainian Pact for Youth: 2020” is a joint innovative initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Center for Corporate Social Responsibility and UNFPA Ukraine that joins efforts of business, government and educational sector to create 300 partnerships between business and education and to provide 10,000 first employment and internship opportunities for young people in Ukraine by 2020. The initiative is being implemented in all regions of Ukraine, in big and small cities by the national NGO “Center of Corporate Social Responsibility” with technical and financial support from UNFPA Ukraine.
At Microsoft Philanthropies we believe in advancing a future for everyone, where every person has the skills, knowledge, and opportunity to achieve more. We focus on empowering people: Economies and societies are being rapidly transformed by technology. As a result, digital skills are becoming essential to the jobs of today and tomorrow. One of the greatest challenges we face is ensuring everyone has access to the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. We\'re committed to ensuring people aren\'t left behind. We’re working to ensure that everyone has access to the opportunities technology provides, in a digital economy that benefits everyone.
OIJ commits to organise at least 17 National Youth Forums in IberoAmerica countries in 2017 - 2018 with the participation of approximately 1,700 young people. The National Youth Forums led by OIJ, promote the conversations and participation of young people and social actors to identify challenges and strategies to strength youth employment. The outcomes, in the form of national reports, including more than 90 youth proposals and regional recommendations are presented on ministerial and high-level meetings to nourish the implementation of public policies.
EFE aims to build a coalition of partners and connect 50,000 unemployed young people to the world of work in the Middle East and North Africa region by 2022 through: - Employability training (online and in-classroom) - Market-driven job training and placement programs - Entrepreneurship and self-employment training EFE will lead this commitment, with funding from various governmental, multilateral and private sector sources.
As a partner of the decent Jobs for Youth initiative, we will deliver a direct contribution to Youth Employability by the engagement of young people (ages 19-30) in global professional opportunities through AIESEC's Global Talent Program in partnership with 1000+ organizations around the world.
This 2-year project seeks to develop technical coding and soft skills to boost opportunities for young low-income women obtain better paying tech jobs in Peru, Chile and Mexico. The project is implemented by Laboratoria, a Peruvian NGO based in Lima and non-reimbursable financing is provided by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank.
The overall objective is to support country-level operationalization of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth in the Sahel region. The commitment has a particular thematic focus on promoting quality apprenticeships and supporting youth in the rural economy. The commitment aims to expand the strategic multi-stakeholder alliance of Decent Jobs for Youth, scale up action through country-level pilot interventions, and promote knowledge about what works and how to improve labour market outcomes of youth. The project is implemented through a collaboration between the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and national and sub-regional youth employment stakeholders.
NEPAD seeks to train 15,000 african youth/women along strategic agricultural value chains from 2017 to 2020. Target groups will include youth from rural areas, under-privileged background with specific focus on young women. NEPAD Agency will mobilize financial and technical resources from African Union, its member states, and partners such as GIZ, FAO and others.
YouthCan! is a global partnership that supports disadvantaged young people to successfully manage the transition from school to independent adulthood. The risk of labour market and social exclusion is especially high for young people at risk of losing parental care or who have already lost it. By mobilising employees, activating their networks and providing expertise corporates are making a measurable impact in the lives of young people around the globe whilst efficiently working to reduce youth unemployment. SOS Children’s Villages offers a digital platform through which young people and mentors can connect, create networks and support each other.
Advocating and utilizing policies and tools for the transition towards an inclusive green economy and commitments to beat pollution to create decent jobs for youth and sustainable future for people and planet.
The overall objective is to support the operationalization of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, the overarching platform for the promotion of youth employment in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The commitment focuses on expanding the strategic multi-stakeholder alliance of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, scaling up action at country and regional levels, and promoting knowledge about what works and how to improve labour market outcomes of youth. The project is implemented through a collaboration between the Ministry of Employment and Social Security, Spain, and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Supporting youth in fragile situations is a thematic priority of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth. It is a multi-stakeholder commitment led by UNDP and ILO with support from UNHCR and UNRWA. The commitments aims to (1) Develop the evidence base about what works to support youth in fragile situations; (2) Develop a comprehensive UN system-wide guidance note on promoting youth employment in fragile situations; and (3) Develop links and partnerships in support of coherent programming for youth in fragile situations.
The Gambia Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) addresses the economic root causes of irregular migration by supporting youth employment and entrepreneurship. The four-year project started in January 2017 and is funded by the European Union (EU) Emergency Trust Fund for Stability.
FAO is committed to strengthen the strategic multi-stakeholder alliance, around the thematic area of youth in the rural economy, which advocates, ensures policy convergence, stimulates innovative thinking and mobilizes resources for more and better investments in rural youth employment. FAO will actively promote the visibility of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and advocate for decent rural employment for youth.
Coding Boot camp Philippines is an accelerated learning program to give participants core digital skills to enable them to enter the IT workforce within 6 months. This is an ongoing program which runs in 6 month blocks and is operating in Baguio and commencing in 2018 in Manila,Cebu and other Philippines locations. Financial support is from Switch Maven and a network of Australian employers. The aim is to re-skill youth and attract more women to the growing tech economy. This is a 3 year commitment-2021
Annual Courses on Future Jobs courses are designed into two parts and focus on Web Development, Java Programming, Internet Marketing, Quality Assurance, Mobile App Development, Unity Game Development, Computer Design, 3D-Modeling, IT Sales, Linux Administration. During the first four months, students are trained in skills to work as a freelancer or part-time employee. During the second period (from 5 to 8 months) students master their skills to get a decent full-time job. IT STEP Computer Academy aims to support 11,449 students. It is expected that young women include 25% of total students.
Professional Education differs from conventional computer courses. In 2.5 years, students gain a solid theoretical basis and strong practical skills in a chosen specialty. Using professional tools, hands-on practice in cutting-edge projects with top-notch instructors, many students find they are ready to start working before graduation. There are 3 directions of courses: Software Development, Digital Graphics, and Design, Networks and Cybersecurity. IT STEP Computer Academy aims to support 18,542 students by end of 2020. It is expected that young women will include 35% of all students
Code for All is tackling youth unemployment by recruiting brilliant minds, which couldn’t find a job in their respective areas of training, transforming them over 14 weeks and +650 hours of intense immersion, into Software Developers. We work with unemployed people from all types of academic and professional background, with no relevant experience in programming. Code for All commits to teach 740 adults (670 peple below 35 and 70 people over 35 years old), in differente Portuguese municipalities, between 2017 and 2019. The main sources of financing are a Social Impact Bond (FCG, IEFP, LIS, ASSOP), local governments and students.
The initiative includes a $100 million philanthropic commitment to prepare 500,000 young people, ages 16-24, in cities around the world for today’s competitive job market by 2020. To support these efforts, Citi is mobilizing 10,000 employee volunteers to serve as mentors and coaches and to provide professional advice to help move young people towards their career goals. Pathways to Progress supports programs that help young people build an entrepreneurial mindset, acquire leadership, financial and workplace skills, and begin to engage in the formal economy through a first job.
Nestlé’s ambition is to help 10 million young people around the world have access to economic opportunities by 2030.
UNHCR promotes economic inclusion of all refugees ensuring the poorest of them are not left out. The Graduation Approach is a sequenced, multi-sector intervention that supports the poorest households to achieve sustained income and move out of extreme poverty within a specifi.ed period. Since 2014, UNHCR in partnership with Trickle Up, has supported adoption of the Graduation Approach in refugee contexts. To date, it has been initiated in 8 countries (Egypt, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Sudan). This commitment focuses on furthering an age and gender inclusive graduation approach in refugee contexts.
The partnership between UNIDO and AIESEC seeks to effectively increase youth’s meaningful engagement in achieving the 2030 Agenda through (1) skills development, (2) promotion of youth-led entrepreneurship, and (3) joint outreach. This partnership builds on the mutual recognition of youth’s unmatched potential as innovative and driven agents of change towards achieving inclusive and sustainable development.
Since 2010, UNCDF has been actively working to increase youth financial inclusion by supporting the development of affordable, relevant and accessible financial products for youth coupled with complementary non-financial services in LDCs. UNCDF tested its approach by launching YouthStart Pilot Programme, which more than tripled the original target of providing A2F to 200,000 youth. UNCDF is now expanding this approach to LDC’s in Africa and Asia with the objective to increase the number of youth (in particular young woman, youth living in rural areas and out-of-school) engaged in entrepreneurship, decent employment, school, or further education and training.
Entrepreneurs for Social Change foresees the empowerment of young entrepreneurs at the regional level in a comprehensive manner, for these to be able to induce positive social change in their communities through entrepreneurship and innovative business ideas. By providing viable and innovative solutions to economic and social issues at the local, national and regional levels and by showcasing the benefits and value of social entrepreneurship to policymakers and other relevant stakeholders, the ecosystem will be strengthened, and young social entrepreneurs will be able to trigger social transformation in their communities, and thereby contribute to sustainable development in the region.
Digital Skills Thematic Priority ITU, together with ILO, is leading the Digital Skills Thematic Priority of Decent Jobs for Youth. The Digital Skills Thematic Plan takes a two-pronged approach, including in-country action and the joint ITU-ILO Digital Skills for Jobs Campaign. ITU contributed the Digital Skills Toolkit as a knowledge resource of Decent Jobs for Youth. Available in six United Nations languages, the Toolkit supports stakeholders in building their digital skills development strategies. ITU continuously raises visibility for the importance of the Digital Skills Thematic Priority and is supporting countries in their digital skills implementation efforts.
UNited For Youth Employment in Cambodia is a United Nations Joint Programme aimed at supporting young women and men to obtain decent and productive employment opportunities. The programme supports the implementation of the National Employment Policy and facilitates young people’s entrance to the labour force, particularly for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. The programme is financially supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It is co-funded by the ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNV, and implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and several public and private partners.
The objective of Partnerships for Youth Employment in the Commonwealth of Independent States (2018-2022) is to improve the effectiveness of policies and programmes promoting decent jobs for young people in the CIS countries. This includes developing joint approaches to address youth employment issues common to the CIS countries and enhance the existing mechanisms for regional cooperation on youth employment. The project is implemented by the International Labour Organization (ILO) with financial support of the Russian company LUKOIL.
The Taqeem Initiative is a partnership between ILO and IFAD as part of an IFAD-financed project, titled “Strengthening gender monitoring and evaluation in rural employment in the Near East and North Africa.” Through rigorous impact research, this capacity development and learning grant project aims to understand “what works” in youth employment, with the ultimate goal of achieving gender equality in rural employment outcomes across the region. Taqeem (meaning “evaluation” in Arabic) advocates to strengthen evidence-based employment policies and provides technical and financial support to implementers of employment programmes targeting young people and women in rural areas.
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