Promoting decent jobs for young people in a comprehensive and appropriate manner is at the centre of the ILO's 2012 report "The Youth Employment Crisis: a Call for Action". Based on this call for action, the course "Decent work for youth" aims to develop the capacity of ILO constituents and youth stakeholders to design and implement policies and tools for the promotion of youth employment at local and national levels.
Over the past few decades, the challenges posed by growing youth employment in all countries have made the creation of more and better jobs for young people a top priority worldwide. Unless vigorous action is taken, global community may face the legacy of a lost generation. Overcoming the youth employment crisis is fundamental to the development of wealthier economies, fairer societies and stronger democracies.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reiterates the internationally-agreed target of full and productive employment and decent work for young people. Although some progress has been made, the effective implementation of a successful approach to youth employment remains a challenge. In this context, ILO is facing an increasing demand from member countries for assistance.
The ILO adopted in 2012 the Resolution “The youth employment crisis: A Call for Action” which contains principles and a set of policy measures guiding constituents in shaping national strategies and action on youth employment. The Call for Action suggests that a multi-pronged and balanced approach that takes into consideration the diversity of countries is the desired way to respond to the highest global priority of generating decent jobs for youth. This approach should foster pro-employment growth and decent job creation through economic policies; education, training and skills; labour market policies and institutions; entrepreneurship and self-employment; and respect of rights for young people at work.
As part of a larger ILO response to requests from governments and social partners, the ILO’s Youth Employment Programme and the ITCILO are offering the course “Decent Work for Youth – A course for policy makers and practitioners”. The course draws on ILO’s extensive experience accumulated through decades of research, capacity building and policy and technical advisory services on youth employment. Without overlooking the importance of appropriate action throughout the policy cycle, this year's course will focus on the challenge of the successful implementation of policies that support the creation of more and better jobs for young women and men.
The overall objective of the course is to develop the capacity of ILO constituents and other policy makers and practitioners to tackle the multi-faceted youth employment challenge through sound youth employment policies and programmes adapted to national circumstances.
At the end of the course, it is expected that participants will have:
- identified approaches and strategies to integrate youth employment in national employment policies and development frameworks;
- acquired technical insights and operational tools to support action on youth employment;
- reviewed inter-institutional coordination mechanisms for youth employment promotion; and
- improved their knowledge of methods to monitor and evaluate youth employment interventions.
Guided by relevant international policy instruments, the course will provide operational references, insights and examples of good practice on what works for youth employment. More specifically, the course will be built around the following main modules:
- Global youth employment trends. This module will stimulate an exchange around the key findings of the ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2017 report.
- Policy options. This module will consider available policy measures to promote decent jobs for young people, sharing examples of good practice worldwide.
- The youth employment policy cycle. This module will look at the different stages of a policy cycle – from situational analysis to policy review - with special attention to some specific operational aspects that can affect policy implementation and final results.
- Pathways to a better future of work. This module will build on the outcomes of previous sessions and is expected to offer guidance on ways forward to facilitate youth access to labour markets and satisfactory employment.
An integrated and coordinated approach to youth employment problems supposes that all partners engage in dialogue and build networks and partnerships that foster cooperation and utilize of synergies, resources, knowledge and expertise. This course will be of particular interest to:
- Government officials involved in the design and implementation of employment policies, including staff from Ministries in charge of employment and labour issues, economy and planning, education or training, and labour market information units;
- Members of employers’ and workers’ organizations;
- Representatives of youth organizations;
- Other relevant stakeholders (such as practitioners and ILO staff).
The participation of women is strongly encouraged.
In line with the Turin Learning Approach implemented by the ITCILO, the course will be highly participatory and will allow for discussions and exploration of the perspectives of the ILO, social partners and participants. The methodology will be based on a combination of individual presentations by recognized subject-matter specialists, participants’ panel discussions, and group work exercises, which include the drafting of a “new policy agenda”. Participants are invited to bring along all documents that they feel are worth sharing with the international audience.
Cost of participation
Cost of participation
The cost of participation in this one-week course is €2180, which includes: tuition fees (€1580) and subsistence costs (€600).
The ITCILO has a limited number of fellowships that may cover part of the subsistence and tuition fees. Please note that these fellowships do not include international travel. If eligible, early candidates will be given priority.
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How to apply
How to apply
To register, kindly fill in and submit the online registration form at your earliest convenience:
Applicants are kindly asked to attach to their form or send by email an official sponsorship letter issued by their Institution (or a donor organization), stating that it will cover:
- the cost of the course (2,180 EUR) or an amount in Euro which can be considered by the Institution or donor, if applying for a partial fellowship;
- the international travel between the country of origin and the Turin Centre.
Please note that only applications accompanied by these documents (on line application form and official sponsorship letter) will be taken into consideration.
Deadline for applications: 28 September 2017
Institutions that do not have enough funds to cover the course costs or the air fare might wish to seek co-founding by donor institutions in their own countries. ITCILO does not provide assistance in contacting donors.