Resources on youth employment

  1. ILO Chief: The youth employment crisis is definitely not over

    19 December 2014

    Youth guarantees, entrepreneurship and apprenticeships are tools to getting over 74 million youth back to work,said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder during the talkshow organized in the context of the activities of the Asia and Pacific Youth Network of the ILO (APYouthNet).

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    Decent work and sustainability intertwined for small states battling climate change

    05 September 2014

    The international community has just concluded its discussion in Samoa about small island developing states, with decent work for all emerging as a key commitment, writes Bob Kyloh, senior ILO economist, who attended the conference.

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    Young workers in Asia face instability and vulnerability

    27 August 2014

    A new International Labour Organization (ILO) report on the transitions of young people from education to the employment market in Asia and the Pacific, finds majority of youth in the region are either in low quality jobs or unemployed.

  4. Labour market transitions of young women and men in Asia and the Pacific

    27 August 2014

    This report presents the results of the School-to-work transition surveys (SWTS) implemented in five countries in the Asia-Pacific region – Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, Samoa and Viet Nam – in 2012 or 2013. The indicators resulting from the surveys and analysed in this report provide a much more detailed picture of the youth in the labour market in a part of the world where labour market information is sparse and sporadic. Results show that unemployment of young people remains a matter of concern, especially among those with higher education, but that issues relating to the quality of work available to young people are of even greater relevance to the design and implementation of policy interventions.

  5. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the ITUC: "How we formalized the jobs of 12 million workers: A simple recipe"

    13 March 2014

    Sharan Burrow talks to the APYouthNet about some of the major progress of the trade Union movement to address the youth employment crisis.

  6. Agriculture and youth employment: The missing link

    14 February 2014

    The agricultural sector has a huge potential to create jobs but needs to polish its image in order to attract more young people. To do this, governments should provide relevant education and training.

  7. Can entrepreneurship be a key to tackling youth unemployment?

    07 January 2014

    Evan Davis, presenter of BBC's Radio 4 Today programme, 'The Bottom Line'; and host of BBC reality show Dragons' Den, sits down with the ILO to share his views on youth entrepreneurship and how it can be a way out of youth unemployment.

  8. The youngest badminton world champion discusses the impact of sports on youth

    15 December 2013

    Ratchanok Inthanon talks to the ILO about her humble beginnings and how sport can help young people in achieving their dreams.

  9. Decent work, youth employment and migration in Asia

    01 November 2012

    In this paper on *Decent work, youth employment and migration in Asia*, Dr. Piyasiri Wickramasekara (former Senior Migration specialist of the ILO) discusses migration trends and issues concerning young people in Asia - a region hosting more than 60 per cent of world’s youth population and one third of the global number of young migrants. He first outlines some methodological issues in understanding the nexus between decent work, internal and international migration, and causes of youth migration pressures. Drawing on a variety of data sources, he highlights the profile of young Asian migrant workers, their working conditions and protection issues in major destination countries. The study finds that both adult and young female and male migrant workers face exploitation and poor working conditions in destination countries. The paper points out that there are few programmes or policies in origin or destination countries that directly address the specific issues faced by youth migrants. It provides some suggestions on designing or improving effective policies and strategies to meet the youth employment and migration challenges and serve to promote decent work for migrant youth and their families.in the Asia-Pacific region.

  10. Asia-Pacific: Quality and quantity of jobs dropping

    22 October 2012

    Slowing growth in many Asian countries has accentuated labour market challenges in a region that has the world’s largest youth population, and where precarious work is widespread.