BackgroundThe future of the Thai economy hinges on how the young generation is capacitated to gain skills and experience, both in and out of the labour market. If young women and men are not actively participating in the educational or training institutions or in the labour market, it can represent a lost opportunity for future growth and economic development of Thailand. In this regard, youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) is one of the target indicators for Sustainable Development Goal 8, and it calls for further policy attention.
In recent years, the share of youth NEET in Thailand has been around 15 per cent, affecting young women more than young men. This is a sizeable share and gaining an in-depth understanding of the underlying drivers of NEET can be tabled for policy dialogues on whether there needs to be adjustments to the existing labour market policies or to develop a new programme.
ObjectivesThe “Youth employment in Thailand: Labour market trends, COVID-19 impact, policy considerations and targeted support towards youth for a human-centred recovery in Thailand” event will be held on Tuesday, 30 August 2022 from 9.00 am onwards at the Athenee Hotel. Organized by the ILO, through the Young Futuremakers Thailand project, supported by the Standard Chartered Foundation, the event provides an opportunity to launch the ILO report on Trends, characteristics and COVID-19 impact on youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) in Thailand analysis as well as provide a platform to discuss youth employment including policy considerations and opportunities for targeted support towards youth.
The event is organized in the context of the UN Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth with the following objectives:
- Gain knowledge on the key findings from the youth NEET analysis in Thailand.
- Share knowledge on current labour market policy responses promoting productive employment and decent work for youth.
- Explore opportunities to strengthen support for skills development and employment opportunities for youth including youth NEET.
- Showcase youth employment initiatives supported by the Young Futuremakers Thailand project and other stakeholders
- Government representatives
- Representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations
- Youth and civil society organizations
- Researchers, academia and foundations
- Private sector representatives
- UN System entities, regional institutions and development partners
- Partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, and other youth employment practitioners
For further information please contact:Ms Kawita Niwatananun
National Project Coordinator
Young Futuremakers Thailand – Promoting Youth Employability