Resources on youth employment

  1. Working poverty remains main concern for young people in Sub-Saharan Africa, says ILO

    05 November 2015

    Two in three young workers in Sub-Saharan Africa are living on less than US$2 a day, says Sara Elder, Chief Technical Advisor of the ILO's Work4Youth project. While attending The MasterCard Foundation's first "Young Africa Works Summit”, in Cape Town in October 2015, Sara Elder stressed the urgency to invest in policies directed to scale up infrastructure in rural areas and to boost the potential of the agricultural sector as the primary employer of youth in Africa.

  2. Highlights of the Youth Employment Trends

    14 October 2015

    The global youth unemployment rate has dropped to 73.3 million in 2014, 3.3 million less than the crisis peak in 2009. Good news but still a long way to go according to the ILO’s Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015 report.

  3. Youth unemployment still a major challenge

    09 October 2015

    The global financial crisis hit young people particularly hard, pushing youth unemployment to record levels. Eight years on there are finally signs that the problem is stabilizing but more still needs to be done to scale up effects of the recovery. Millions more are working for little or even no pay.

  4. Take it from an astronaut: Planning for failure is the key to success

    03 September 2015

    Famed astronaut, author and singer Chris Hadfield speaks to “Talking Youth” about the importance of planning and preparing. He discusses lifelong learning and shares his advice for young people who are in transition from school to work.

  5. Skills for Sustainable Development: Connecting Youth to Labour Market

    16 July 2015

    On the first-ever commemoration of World Youth Skills Day, Aeneas Chapinga Chuma, Assistant-Director-General and Regional Director for Africa talks about how to provide skills that will enable young people to get productive employment in a changing world of work.

  6. Youth employment is on everybody's minds

    09 July 2015

    Ahead of the 13-16 July Financing for Development Conference in Addis-Ababa, Stephen Pursey, Director of the ILO Multilateral Cooperation Department talks about the challenge of high-levels of youth employment and how it can be tackled.

  7. Boosting youth entrepreneurship in East Africa

    13 April 2015

    Over the past five years, the Youth to Youth Fund (Y2YF) has supported youth entrepreneurship at the community level across Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. Local youth-led organizations have been awarded 149 grants to pilot and replicate innovative projects that help young people set up micro-enterprises in niche markets. The Fund is a scheme run by the Youth Employment Network, an interagency initiative of the ILO, the World Bank and the UN.

  8. World Radio Day spotlights role of youth

    12 February 2015

    Young Samoans speak out on issues of education, health and unemployment.

  9. Why youth employment matters beyond 2015

    02 February 2015

    As the UN's Economic and Social Council holds a meeting on "Uniting for youth beyond 2015", the head of the ILO office for the United Nations, Jane Stewart, explains why youth employment should be at the top of the new development framework being discussed by governments in New York.

  10. 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).