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 Development Rese...
In the frame of the ‘Boosting decent employment for Africa’s youth’ partnership between INCLUDE, International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), under the umbrella of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, a series of evidence synthesis papers will be released in the coming years. Led by INCLUDE, these papers will take stock of existing evidence on themes relevant to the youth employment debate. The first paper in the series was prepared by Evert-Jan Quak and Justin Flynn from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) . It consolidates the available evidence linking PSD interventions with job creation for youth in Africa for three outcomes: job creation for youth, better-quality jobs creation for youth, and sustainable job creation for youth.
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.
NewsInternational Development Rese...
(Nairobi) The world of work is undergoing major structural changes. Work-based learning, soft skills, and skills for jobs in the digital economy are critical to support the transition of young women and men in Africa in the world of work and to align education and training policies and systems with the current and future demands of the labour market. “We must remember, though, that youth are not a homogeneous group”, stressed Marleen Dekker, Coordinator of the INCLUDE Knowledge Platform. Mentoring can help youth to hone their skills, but much remains unknown about how and under which conditions mentoring can successfully facilitate the transition from school to decent work. Building the capacity of researchers and co-designing research projects to generate rigorous evidence and inform decision making on what works, and why, in youth employment were at the centre of the workshop by the research initiative on 'Boosting decent employment for Africa’s youth', which was held on 31 January and 1 February 2019 in Nairobi. This initiative is a joint effort of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and INCLUDE. The research initiative is embedded in the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and brings together the expertise, convening power and resources of its partners. “The main goal of the research initiative is to support action-oriented research that will help design effective and innovative interventions that foster economic opportunities for youth in Sub-Saharan Africa”, explained Martha Melesse, IDRC’s program leader. During the workshop, 11 shortlisted research teams presented their proposals to generate evidence on effective approaches to foster work-based learning programmes and mentorship, and soft skills and digital jobs for youth in 11 African countries: Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. In addition to the constructive feedback provided on the proposals by more than 75 researchers and representatives of youth organizations, donor institutions, private sector and government representatives, the research teams benefited from capacity building sessions on how to incorporate gender analysis and how to improve research uptake. Tackling gender constraints is a crucial aspect to be considered across themes by all the research groups. The capacity building session on gender provided concrete examples of available methodological approaches and tools (including IDRC gender categorization) for conducting robust gender analysis as well as practical suggestions. For instance, one practical suggestion is to consider gendered time-use patterns when planning a training. Overall a key lesson emerging from the presentations was the importance of integrating gender analysis in every step of the research process. This research initiative focuses on applied research, which aims at, among other things, informing programmes, practices and policies that boost decent employment for Africa’s youth. How to successfully engage with policymakers and inform policies was the focus of the research uptake session. The session highlighted the need for project teams to design research uptake strategies from the outset and to adjust them as needed, taking into account changing realities regarding target audiences and political environments. The presentations emphasised that to achieve policy traction, projects have to be designed with policy questions in mind. “Supporting decision makers across Africa with rigorous evidence on what works, and why, is critical to advance the goal of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, that is to scale up action and impact on youth employment while accelerating progress on the Sustainable Development Goals”, emphasized Susana Puerto, ILO Senior Youth Employment Specialist.
EventGraduate Institute of Internat...
The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, with financial support from the Government of Spain, will bring together researchers from academia across disciplines and policy think tanks from global South and North to analyse the state of policy research, debate and agenda on youth transitions. The conference will delve into key topics directly linked to the thematic priorities of Decent Jobs for Youth and serve as a platform to launch a Global Network of policy research on youth transitions.
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.
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.