The Decent Jobs for Youth knowledge facility is a digital platform of tools, publications, databases, thematic resources and more to support evidence-informed action on youth employment.
It leverages the collective experience of multiple partners to share curated, state of the art knowledge and to facilitate learning opportunities for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of youth employment policies and programmes
The Knowledge Facility is separated into three parts: Learn, Engage, and Contribute.
Check out the Learn section to find key resources on youth employment, such as publications; latest data at national, regional and global level; trusted platforms and databases on policies, standards and legislation; tools; news and blogs. All resources are easily discoverable through a powerful search feature.
The Engage section is where you’ll find interactive resources on youth employment, such as webinars, online courses, videos and events. Explore it to engage and learn from a wealth of collective experience and knowledge.
Access the Contribute section to submit key knowledge resources, gain visibility and tap into a vast network of stakeholders dedicated to creating positive change for young people.
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Quality apprenticeships are cost-effective and can contribute to lowering youth unemployment rates, preparing skilled workers for a rapidly changing world of work and enhancing the productivity and competitiveness of enterprises. Governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations and international organizations are calling for the improvement and expansion of apprenticeships. For example, Labour and Employment Ministers of the G20 called on their member States to take action on apprenticeships and adopted the G20 Initiative to Promote Quality Apprenticeship (refer to section 3.1.2 of Toolkit 1). Similarly, member States of the ILO will discuss establishing a new International Labour Standard on apprenticeships during the International Labour Conference in 2021. Even while the world is deliberating on the best strategies to address the current and anticipated skills mismatches due to fast changing world of work, the World Economic Forum states that the future of work requires a return to apprenticeships.
The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth launches its Global Survey on Youth & COVID 19, the #MyVoiceMyFuture social media campaign and the Blog Series: Youth Rights & Voices. Global Survey on Youth & COVID-19 : Take the survey now! Partners of Decent Jobs for Youth, UN Major Group for Children and Youth, AIESEC, the European Youth Forum, the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the United Nations Human Rights Officeand the ILO launched a survey to understand the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on youth and the world of work. The survey is available in 18 languages and will close on 21 May. Please share and participate! Take/join the survey Join the #MyVoiceMyFuture social media campaign As policy-makers are shaping their responses to the pandemic, youth voices cannot be relegated to the background. Decent Jobs for Youth partners are launching the #MyVoiceMyFuture campaign to hear from young people how the coronavirus pandemic has affected them and their suggested actions in response to this. Join the social media campaign using the hashtag #MyVoiceMyFuture. Join the campaign Blog series: Young workers will be hit hard by COVID-19’s economic fallout We launched the Decent Jobs for Youth Blog Series :Youth Rights & Voices. The first blog makes the case that young workers, entrepreneurs and job seekers, as well as youth in education will be particularly affected by the economic impact of the pandemic. The blog series features contributions from youth representatives, youth employment experts and Decent Jobs for Youth partners. Read/share the blogs
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Under the tagline “Rights and Voices of Youth”, ICSB is a very proud partner of Decent Jobs For Youth The Global Initiative for Action.In the next years, there will be +10M of jobs for people with advanced digital skills – we must ensure inclusive and equitable opportunities for all, not some.ICSB is proud to announce its new focus on education of the youth. We are preparing a series of activities in July focused on the youth.
Bashiru Mansaray is a 23 years old from Freetown, Sierra Leone. He is a self-described tech and social entrepreneur. From a very young age he knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur and to serve people and his community by providing solutions to their problems. After 3 years of exploring various opportunities and gaining first-hand experience in running a business, he started a company called OS Preneur. Since he started OS Preneur in 2019, he has since scaled it up to OS Corp, a group of companies that operate in technology, entrepreneurship (OS Hub), and social impact activities (OS Impact). The situation In Sierra Leone, due to the lack of decent work and employment opportunities, many youths have turned to entrepreneurship, yet the lack of an enabling ecosystem continues to plague young entrepreneurs. Digital connectivity remains sparse and weak and this is a challenge that Bashiru is tackling head on with his business. OS Corp provides a platform for startups to have easier business registration, access to technological tools, resources and networks, as well as in the long-term, access to funding. Convincing business locally that digitizing their services is essential remained a substantial hurdle. That is, until coronavirus hit. Covid-19 comes to Sierra Leone The pandemic caused a dramatic decrease in the spending capacity of the clients OS Corp serves. This forced Bashiru to offer his services at a discount to boost the orders so that the company could continue to cover its operating expenses. However, the pandemic brought about some emerging opportunities for his business. Before the pandemic, Bashiru often found it was difficult to market his tech services to local businesses because the digitization of their services was not seen as essential to reaching their customers. However, since the outbreak of COVID-19, the demand for OS Corp’s services has significantly increased and has seen many local businesses adapting their approaches and starting to embrace digital; a winning solution for both Bashiru and Sierra Leone in connecting with international markets. The Opportunity Not only has OS Hub adapted, but Bashiru is offering use of the Hub free of charge until the end of the lockdown in Sierra Leone. A decision he believes will make a big difference to the companies that are struggling to maintain working space during the pandemic. In addition, Bashiru has leveraged his skills in graphic design to support the initiatives of Plan International, an internationally recognized NGO that works to support vulnerable youth around the globe. This partnership is giving his work greater visibility and providing easy to understand information to Sierra Leone’s children and youth. The side hustle: Raise public awareness about COVID-19 Bashiru has been working closely with Plan International Sierra Leone to raise public awareness about COVID-19 prevention, as well as to spread kindness in society. He and his team have developed and designed a series of youth friendly communication materials, including social media flyers, billboard banners, roll-up banners, and brochures for Plan International’s public campaigns on COVID-19. OS Corps have also created an animated video about how to protect yourself and to prevent the spread of coronavirus, which provides practical and accurate information to the public. Watch the full video below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LokY0CQV9WE Looking beyond COVID-19 Bashiru and his team have come to realise that people and businesses need more understanding about the benefits of technology and how going digital can support their business’ growth. Since the start of the pandemic, Bashiru has come to understand at a more granular level how great an impact technology can have on people’s life and work, especially in times of crisis. As the founder of a tech start up, he believes it is his responsibility to raise awareness and promote the positive benefits of technology and digital solutions for local businesses. He aims to continue to provide innovative solutions to people and communities that may not yet understand how a move to go digital can support their livelihoods. Moving forward, he plans to continue to lead his team and business towards becoming an innovator and change maker for our clients and communities. Working with Plan to raise awareness on COVID-19 has instilled in Bashiru a greater understanding of the need to educate his community on the power of digital and how his business can support their digital dream. Ye! Community Bashiru is a member of the Ye! Community, powered by the International Trade Centre’s Youth and Trade Programme. He also serves as the Ye! Ambassador for Sierra Leone. Ye! Ambassadors are youth leaders that connect and convene a local network of youth entrepreneurs. They volunteer their time to build partnerships and strengthen networks to create a vocal and interconnected community that can be leveraged by youth entrepreneurs needing support and guidance. (All images are provided by Bashiru Mansaray)
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Partner platforms on youth employment
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NEWS AND BLOGS
The knowledge resources are clustered around ten thematic priorities to tackle the youth employment challenge.
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Rights and Voices of Youth: Teach Coding for the Youth
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A New Decade for Gender Equality in Youth Employment
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Contribute to the Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility
Decent Jobs for Youth is the inclusive global initiative to scale up action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The knowledge facility is a collaborative effort to support evidence-informed decision-making on youth employment with curated, state of the art knowledge from multiple partners.
To contribute, an organization must register to become a partner of Decent Jobs for Youth. Partners tap into a vast network of resources and convening power to create real and positive change for young people. By contributing knowledge resources, organizations will be recognized as a key contributing partners of the knowledge facility.
Partners may submit the following types of resources relevant to youth employment: publications, platforms, tools, blogs, videos, webinars and online courses, events, news, websites, databases as well as suggestions for smart search of external websites. Click here to download the Online Contribution Guide.