Academy on Youth Employment

Academy on Youth Employment

Academy on Youth Employment

12–23 October 2020
The course is available in English, Français

Almost 60 million young people are unemployed worldwide. Among those who find a job, many of them end up in low quality jobs characterized by poor working conditions, informality and poverty. In the current context of rapid changes in the labour market driven by technology, demographics, globalization and climate change, it is imperative to facilitate the transition from education and training to work, with an emphasis on the effective integration of young people. Join this Academy to explore innovative solutions for promoting decent jobs for all young women and men.

Key features

Innovative training methodologies and integrated use of digital learning technology


Choose your own electives, explore your own interests


This academy is based on ILO-recognized strategies and standards


Fully engage and interact with an international cohort

Introduction to the course

The main objective of the Academy is to enhance the capacity of decision-makers (mainly ministries of labour, other relevant government institutions and workers' and employers' organizations) to develop comprehensive strategies to tackle the multifaceted dimensions of the youth employment challenge, also taking gender into account. The Academy will be based on the Resolution "The youth employment crisis: A Call for Action" adopted by the International Labour Conference in June 2012 and The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, reiterating the internationally agreed goal of full and productive employment and decent work for all, including young people.

Who attends this course?

With the aim of promoting an integrated and well-coordinated approach to youth employment, the Academy will bring together the national actors concerned: government officials, representatives of workers' and employers' organizations, youth leaders, cooperation agencies and other relevant stakeholders, international and regional organizations, practitioners, and ILO staff active in the promotion of decent work for youth. Gender balanced participation is desirable.

What topics does this Academy cover?

Through plenary sessions and elective courses the Academy covers topics including:

  • Promoting rights at work for young people
  • The gender dimension of youth employment
  • The youth employment policy cycle
  • Youth and the future of work
  • Economic policies for youth employment
  • Active labour market policies
  • Skills development and employability
  • Youth entrepreneurship
  • Rural youth employment
  • Youth transition to formality
  • Youth employment in fragile settings
  • Green jobs for youth

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