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.
PublicationInternational Labour Organizat...
The ILO’s latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 exposes the devastating and disproportionate effect on young workers, and analyses measures being taken to create a safe return to work environment. According to the ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. 4th edition , youth are being disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and the substantial and rapid increase in youth unemployment seen since February is affecting young women more than young men...
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This course aims to improve the design and implementation of policies intended to promote job creation by building the capacity of all relevant stakeholders to identify, measure and assess the employment effects of economic, sectoral, trade-related or labour market policies.
Partners of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth have launched a joint Knowledge Facility (www.decentjobsforyouth.org/knowledge) which is open for business — if you’re in the business of boosting youth employment prospects. The Knowledge Facility is a place for policy makers and practitioners to learn, share, and engage on youth employment themes through searchable, shareable, and downloadable resources and tools. Partners power the platform by supplying curated content. Wondering how it works? Watch this one-minute animated video to get oriented: https://youtu.be/nde-d8p9F_s Let’s dive into the details of what types of resources the Knowledge Facility offers. Data finder: What is the rate of young people not in employment, education or training in your country? Use this interactive data discovery tool to explore key youth employment indicators from all over the world, create charts, and download versions. Publications: Discover text-based resources that provide guidance for policy makers, practitioners, and researchers, including global and country-level reports and case studies. Tools: Browse practical tools, including guides and checklists that help policy makers and practitioners in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of youth employment policies and programmes. Policy platforms: Explore a diversity of platforms full of information relevant to youth employment policies, standards, and legislation. Partner platforms: Access a curated list of platforms from trusted partners, which provide insights into best practices for youth employment. News and blogs: Read inspiring stories about commitments, actions, and solutions from partners working to achieve decent jobs for youth. Multimedia: Learn from interactive resources about youth employment, including videos, webinars, and online courses. Events: Attend an event near you that aims to advance the goal of decent jobs for youth. Key features The Knowledge Facility includes innovative features that make it as user-friendly as it is useful. Lean meta-website, leveraging existing platforms: The Knowledge Facility is available through the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth online engagement platform (decentjobsforyouth.org). It builds on the work of existing knowledge platforms on youth employment, and maps and links resources and tools related to youth employment and allows users to manage knowledge of, and communicate about, youth employment interventions. Curated approach: The “What is it?” and “Highlights” sections offer a summary of the resource in a few sentences and bullet points. The “Fast facts” column provides even quicker comprehension of the most important characteristics and related information. This curation ensures that all resources are immediately useful and highly practical. Powerful search engine: The strong search functionality, cross-references and a shared taxonomy between resources and tools facilitate maximum visibility and interactivity throughout all platform content. Users can easily search, download, and contribute resources and tools, as well as read about news and events and discuss key topics, using the search feature. Thematic areas: Resources are organized around thematic priorities, which tackle the youth employment challenge. These thematic areas are used across the Decent Jobs for Youth Knowledge Facility and focus on interventions that are locally owned, aligned with national development priorities, and based on rigorous evidence of what works in different contexts. What’s next? Now that you’ve gotten familiar how users might leverage the Knowledge Facility, you’re ready to strike out on your own. Get started! The Knowledge Facility becomes more powerful when stakeholders and partners utilize, share and add new resources and tools to the platform. Browse the platform using the search feature, explore thematic priorities, and consider becoming a partner of our alliance and contributing to the Knowledge Facility. We are an alliance that strives to make decent jobs for youth a reality, and the Knowledge Facility is one important way we’re working to achieve it. --- About: The UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth is the multi-stakeholder alliance to scale up action and impact on youth employment under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It brings together governments, social partners, youth and civil society organizations, the private sector, the UN System and others working together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional levels to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide.
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Please note that due to the on-going concern about the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Annual Conference has been postponed until further notice. Alone we are just a drop, but together an ocean determined on bringing about waves of change! With UNDP’s leadership, the annual conference of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth will be geared towards scaling up action and impact in achieving gender equality in youth employment. The conference will take place in 2020 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Almost to the day one year ago, the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth brought together youth employment representatives and experts during its annual conference in Rome, Italy. Under the tagline “Rights and Voices of Youth”, we reflected together on the transformative power of collective action in advancing a rights-based and inclusive youth employment agenda. With the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst ever economic and labour market downturn in most of our lifetimes, we are at great risk of damaging the labour market prospects of young people. Young workers were already vulnerable and often excluded from labour markets before the current crisis. Persistently high youth unemployment rates, 13.6 per cent in 2019, are around three times the level of adult unemployment rates. Brief periods of unemployment during a young person’s early labour market experiences are not unusual. But the serious risk of persistent increases in long-term unemployment is likely to have life-long scarring effects on the individual’s employment prospects and wages. Amplified vulnerabilities of the youth workforce threaten in particular low-paid young workers and young women. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, over 328 million of the world’s young workers were in informal jobs, three in four young workers globally, and did not have access to social protection. As of 2019, an additional 267 million youth (aged 15-24) were not in employment, education or training. Among these “NEET”, women outnumbered young men two to one. Young people are also increasingly in less secure forms of employment, such as temporary and part-time and agency work. Young women in the world of work are especially vulnerable. Before the outbreak, young women spent almost three times as much time on unpaid care and domestic work than young men. Widespread closures of schools and the unavailability of affordable childcare services are intensifying the double burden of care often borne by young women, while they are also in the frontline as care workers fighting this pandemic. Young people are confronted with the disruption to education, training and work-based learning. The near 496 million young people who were in education before the pandemic, are now experiencing significant learning disruptions. Young people who are forced to quit or delay their studies will face lifelong earning losses. As a result, transition into productive employment and decent work is much more arduous for young labour market entrants. The situation is going to get much worse. A new global survey by the ILO and partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth reveals that over one in six young people (aged 18 to 29) surveyed have stopped working since the onset of the COVID‑19 crisis. Against this dire backdrop, the world needs to act collectively and decisively. The key messages from last year’s gathering of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth are as pertinent as ever: promoting youth rights at work and strengthening their voices in the world of work are key to achieving a future with decent work for all. We need to ensure investments in youth employment and address the specific needs of disadvantaged youth groups, including young women, young people with disabilities and young migrants and refugees. To prevent a generation of young people being harmed by the crisis, the ILO calls for immediate, large-scale and targeted action: Stimulating the economy and supporting youth employment creation. As the recovery phase commences across the globe, economic and employment policies, particularly fiscal policy, need to support young people’s (re-) entry to education, training or employment. These measures need to benefit especially those belonging to the hardest-hit groups as the crisis will have long-term impacts. Policies need to be complemented with investments in growth sectors with the capacity to absorb the youth labour force, such as renewable energies and digital technologies, among others. Strengthened national employment policies will support youth-led enterprises and young workers to build back better. Existing national employment policies need updating including co-ordinating the transition from immediate response measures to an integrated employment promotion framework over the long-term. There is much to learn here from the European Union’s Youth Guarantee, which served as a counter-cyclical active labour market measure in the aftermath of the Great Recession, and these employment guarantees can also be designed for developing and emerging countries to match their contexts. Supporting enterprises, jobs and incomes Targeted support to enhance youth skills can raise productivity and counter reduced labour demand. Taking full advantage of online learning and training requires better broadband connectivity and investments in ICT equipment, along with quality curricula tailored to a virtual audience Young people’s access to social protection and unemployment benefits needs to be extended. Cash transfers need to reach young people in the informal economy, potentially through digital platforms that can rapidly reach those most in need. Relaxing social, health and unemployment benefits eligibility requirements can be coupled with coaching and job search support that help young people with little experience in navigating the labour market. Portability of social protection for young migrant workers is critical. Youth-targeted wage subsidy programmes and work sharing arrangements protect young workers. After containment measures have been lifted, wage subsidies reduce the costs of retaining, hiring and training youth. Wage subsidies have proven to be effective in increasing long-term employment prospects for youth. Expansions of wage subsidies and work sharing schemes (subsidized reductions in working hours) should also provide access to all young workers, regardless of the type of employment contract. Expanding support to youth-led micro, small and medium enterprises protects jobs in the short-run and spurs innovation during the recovery period. In the short-term, lending to young entrepreneurs and youth cooperatives should be combined with access to business development services and coaching so as to ensure that businesses withstand the crisis. During the recovery phase young entrepreneurs and innovators are in a unique position to exploit new opportunities in emerging sectors through start-ups. Protecting young workers Concerted efforts are needed to protect young people in essential occupations, such as health and care workers, along with those who enter the labour market or return to work as workplace closures are lifted. Work-related ergonomic and psychosocial risks associated with the pandemic, disproportionately impact young workers, especially young women facing an increased unpaid care load. Appropriate control measures need to be adapted to young people, including their training and appropriate personal protective equipment. Ensuring the right to disconnect in the current context of teleworking is also important for young workers. Promoting social dialogue Social dialogue is critical in mitigating the negative effect of COVID-19 on young workers, covering such issues as cuts to working hours, partial employment, apprenticeships and internships during the pandemic. This includes maintaining the rights of young workers and enhancing the capacity of workers and employers organizations to represent them, especially those in the informal economy, rural economy, migrant young workers and young digital platform workers. There is a very real possibility that the trend towards temporary and other less protected forms of work amongst young people, will become entrenched as a consequence of the pandemic. Promotion of freedom of association and effective social dialogue is crucial to protect and improve the basic employment rights of young people along with productivity as part of an effective response to the COVID-19 induced economic crisis. The COVID-19 crisis is threatening to exacerbate the exclusion of young people for years to come. Based on social dialogue, we advocate for an integrated crisis response that supports incomes, promotes decent work, stimulates demand, as well as protects and extends rights at work. These are crucial political choices that will shape the future of our youth, our economies and societies for years and decades to come. By Sukti Dasgupta, Chief, Employment and Labour Market Policies Branch, ILO The ILO Policy Brief Preventing exclusion from the labour market: Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis as well as the ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work (4th edition) provide more information about youth labour market vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss policy responses. This article is part of the Decent Jobs for Youth Blog Series: Youth Rights & Voices. The Blog Series highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young women and men in the world of work and discusses action-oriented policy responses and solutions. If you would like to comment or contribute, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.  ILO (2020): Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020  ibid.  ILO (2017): Global Employment Trends for Youth 2017, Chapter 5
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.
NEWS AND BLOGS
The knowledge resources are clustered around ten thematic priorities to tackle the youth employment challenge.
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A New Decade for Gender Equality in Youth Employment
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ILO and ICSB Discuss Young People in the World of Work and the Responses to the Impact of Covid-19
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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.