Youth employment

The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis: young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. The ILO has warned of a “scarred” generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty in the developing world.

The ILO's programme on youth employment operates through a global network of technical teams at its headquarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world. It provides assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. This integrated approach combines macro-economic policies and targeted measures which address labour demand and supply, as well as the quantity and quality of employment.

Latest

  1. Youth employment

    Young broadcasters in Samoa: "Radio provides a means for change"

    12 February 2015

    Special feature on Campus Radio at the National University of Samoa on World Radio Day calls for larger voice for youth.

  2. Youth employment

    World Radio Day spotlights role of youth

    12 February 2015

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

  3. © Jonathan Ernst / World Bank 2015

    World Radio Day

    Broadcasters give youth a boost

    12 February 2015

    As we mark the fourth annual World Radio Day, an ILO-supported program for young Kenyan musicians gets radio play.

Key resources

  1. Youth employment crisis: ILO call for action

    In June 2012, the ILO adopted a Resolution calling for immediate, targeted and renewed action to tackle the youth employment crisis. The resolution provides a portfolio of tested measures in five areas: macro-economic policies, employability, labour market policies, youth entrepreneurship and rights.

Learn. Share. Connect.

  1. Decent Work 4 Youth Platform

    Interactive on-line platform to engage young people and find solutions to the youth employment crisis.

Events

  1. Global Research Symposium

    Labour Market Transitions of Young Women and Men: Innovative research from 28 School-to-Work Transition Surveys

    3 - 4 March 2015, Room III, ILO Headquarters, Geneva

    An international forum for sharing results of the ILO’s Call for Papers on labour market transition of young women and men in developing countries. The Symposium offers an opportunity for researchers and development practitioners to discuss innovative research on themes of youth employment and labour market transitions and applicability to policy and programme advice and implementation.