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. Video interview

    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).

  2. Publication

    Labour demand and social dialogue: Two binding constraints for decent work for youth in the Arab Region

    18 December 2014

    EMPLOYMENT Working Paper No. 164

  3. Work4Youth Publications

    Labour market transitions of young women and men in the United Republic of Tanzania

    18 December 2014

    This report presents the highlights of the 2013 School-to-work Transition Survey (SWTS) and the Labour Demand Enterprise Survey (LDES) run together with the Department of Statistics of the University of Dar es Salaam within the framework of the ILO Work4Youth Project.

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. Skills, knowledge and employability

    Workshops conclude ILO project supporting performance management of National Employment Strategy and Employment, Technical Vocational Education and Training institutions in Jordan

    30 November - 22 December 2014, Amman, Jordan

    The ILO and its partners in Jordan hold a series of workshops to produce an action plan for better monitoring and evaluation of the National Employment Strategy and associated training programmes.