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.