In recent decades, growing youth-employment challenges in all countries have made the creation of more and better jobs for young people a global priority. The ILO is confronted with an increasing demand from member countries for assistance in designing context-specific, integrated youth-employment policies and programmes. The high demand for assistance reflects the renewed priority of ILO constituents to improve decent work prospects for youth. As part of a wider ILO response to the growing requests from governments and social partners, the ILO's Youth Employment Programme and the ITCILO, with the involvement of several ILO technical units, offer the Academy on Youth Employment. The Academy is organized in the framework of the ILO/Sida Partnership Programme and draws on the ILO's extensive experience, accumulated through decades of research, capacity-building and policy advisory on youth employment. The main objective of the Academy is to enhance the capacity of decision-makers (notably ministries of labour and other relevant government institutions, and workers' and employers' organizations) to develop comprehensive strategies for tackling the multi-faceted dimensions of the youth-employment challenge, with gender mainstreamed. Desirous to expand social dialogue and provide a space for the views of the targeted group (youth), the Academy also promotes the participation of representatives of youth organizations.
This Academy is primarily for: - Senior government officials involved in the design and implementation of employment policies, including staff of ministriesresponsible for employment and labour issues, economy and planning, education or training; - Representatives of workers' and employers' organizations; - Young leaders working on youth employment issues and active in the promotion of decent work for youth. The Academy may also be of relevance for: - Staff of agencies responsible for labour market intermediation and vocational training; - International and regional organizations dealing with youth employment issues, practitioners, and ILO staff.