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.
The research reviews the entrepreneurial ecosystem to assess capacity to foster young green entrepreneurship and to address the social and environmental challenges. The report considers from the perspective of key stakeholders, primarily those providing business development services (BDS) and experts in the field of youth and social entrepreneurship, as well as government representatives and entrepreneurs themselves. The methodology reviewed and built on existing literature and conducted more than 30 expert interviews in 10 countries (Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Zambia, Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka).
ToolInternational Labour Organizat...
It is a repository (e-store) of work instruments for ADVOCACY, ADVICE, and TRAINING. A hands-on, flexible and adaptable set of materials including leaflets, checklists, diagrams, trainer’s notes, presentations, videos, photos, etc.
NewsPartnership for Economic Polic...
PEP pledges its commitment to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, contributing high-quality, local evidence to inform policymaking in seven African countries. (Geneva) Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) has announced its commitment to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, contributing high-quality, locally-generated evidence to inform youth employment policymaking in seven African countries. PEP—an international organization that links researchers globally to enhance local capacity for policy analysis in developing countries—is supporting local researchers to carry out research and policy engagement activities related to youth employment through nine projects in seven African countries. The projects are funded by PEP’s current core donors, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), UK Aid and the Hewlett Foundation. Through these projects, PEP’s goal is to support and increase evidence-based policymaking in the selected African countries. To achieve this objective, PEP will develop the capacity of local experts to produce a reliable evidence base on youth employment while engaging with policy actors to ensure uptake in relevant decision and advisory processes. PEP employs a “Grant Plus” model and a learning-by-doing approach to provide local researchers with a comprehensive package of intensive training, continual mentoring, and international peer-review, alongside funding. In committing to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and providing local, policy-engaged research and expertise, PEP is directly contributing to a coordinated global effort to improve youth employment throughout the world. The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Decent Jobs for Youth was launched in 2016 as a UN system-wide effort, focusing on the youth employment challenge that is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has now become a global, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, social partners, the private sector, youth and civil society organizations, and other key stakeholders in an effort to scale up action and impact on youth employment. They work together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional level, with current commitments aimed at supporting more than 18 million young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide. The commitment by PEP will boost action on transitions to the formal economy, youth in the rural economy, and youth entrepreneurship and self-employment. For more information about the commitment, please contact: Prof Jane Mariara, Executive Director, PEP I firstname.lastname@example.org Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth I email@example.com
EventThe Government of Chile
Decent Jobs for Youth partners will participate in the UN COP25 #TimeForAction Climate Change Summit and share knowledge on research and action on the initiative’s work on promoting green jobs for youth and skills needed for young entrepreneurs to transit to the green economy. The initiative’s technical note on youth green entrepreneurship will be launched at the event.
Like many newly-minted graduates before me, I realized very quickly after leaving university that the types of jobs available to me were not as plentiful as those for friends who had studied science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. I learned the hard way how important it is to have the skills that employers are looking for. It isn’t just the study choices of students that need adjusting. In Kenya, where I currently live, most universities have yet to adapt their curriculums to meet the growing demand for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills. Three years from now – the length of an average first degree course – Kenya expects to have 17,000 ICT graduates available. Yet a report by Youth Impact Labs estimates that by 2022 employers will be looking for 95,000 ICT professionals. Somehow this gap will need to be plugged. It’s not just a Kenyan, or an African, problem. Worldwide, no less than 79 per cent of global CEOs are concerned about the availability of key skills. Among African business leaders, this figure jumps to 87 per cent. I was lucky. I found a good job that also fed my interest in employment and skills issues. And, after I began working at ThinkYoung (a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to involve youth in decision-making processes and provides decision-makers with high-quality research on key issues affecting young people), it didn’t take me long to understand how this skills gap affects more than profit and growth statistics for businesses and economies. Perhaps even worse damage is done to our irreplaceable human capital, because having the wrong skills is a major contributor to unemployment among school leavers and graduates. If we can correct this mis-match, the potential benefits are enormous. The world faces a frightening youth employment challenge – over the next two decades 15-20 million young Africans are expected to join the workforce every year. At the same time, advances in technology offer an opportunity to boost labour demand in the digital economy in Africa, so helping to tackle the youth employment challenge. We just need to create a sustainable pipeline of talent with the right, future-forward, skills, while at the same time working with governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations to build an enabling environment to create jobs for youth. There are many ways to fill this gap – self-learning, tech hubs, online courses and workshops can all contribute. In 2017, the ILO partnered with the International Telecommunications Union to launch the Digital Skills for Jobs Campaign under the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, with the aim of equipping five million young people with digital skills by 2030. This includes mainstreaming digital skills into school curricula, establishing comprehensive on-the-job training systems, and encouraging private and public sector job creators to employ young people in digital-centric jobs. There will also be a strong focus on fostering youth-led digital entrepreneurship. I’m also happy to know that not all is lost for non-STEM graduates, like me! Retraining and upskilling programmes are available. Among the resources is the Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility, which collates experiences gathered from many different partners to facilitate learning related to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of youth employment policies and programmes, including on digital skills and jobs. As a non-STEM graduate, I now find myself advocating for more STEM education and training, particularly among schoolchildren. And I am comforted to know that one is never too young or too old to learn new things.
Discover text-based resources, including global and country-level reports, case studies and more that provide guidance for policy makers, practitioners and researchers around the world.
Partner platforms on youth employment
Discover a curated list of websites, platforms and databases dedicated to reviewing youth employment policies and legislations from different points of view.
The ILO Youth Employment Toolbox
It is a repository (e-store) of work instruments for ADVOCACY, ADVICE, and TRAINING. A hands-on, flexible and adaptable set of materials including leaflets, checklists,...
Key features of apprenticeship systems
This checklist helps users understand different countries' definitions of an apprenticeship.
Rationale for promoting Quality apprenticeships
This checklist helps users evaluate the evidence of the benefits of apprenticeships, as well as the awareness of those benefits among governments, employers, and young people.
Social dialogue in apprenticeship system
This checklist helps users evaluate social dialogue within country-specific apprenticeship systems and decide which elements could be strengthened.
Regulatory framework for the apprenticeship system
This checklist helps stakeholders evaluate the regulatory framework of their country's apprenticeship system and decide which elements could be strengthened.
Roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in apprenticeship system
This checklist helps users evaluate the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders within country-specific apprenticeship systems and decide which elements could be strengthened.
Equitable funding arrangements for the apprenticeship system
This checklist helps users evaluate the funding arrangements for country-specific apprenticeship systems and decide which elements could be strengthened.
NEWS AND BLOGS
The knowledge resources are clustered around ten thematic priorities to tackle the youth employment challenge.
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Greening Decent Jobs for Youth at COP 25 Climate Change Summit
Madrid, SpainThe Government of Chile
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Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment (YES) Forum 2019
Addis Ababa, EthiopiaThe Government of Chile
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.