Strengthening Employment Services in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan

A training course on Strengthening Employment Services in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan was held on 23 – 27 January 2017 at the ILO International Training Centre in Turin.

News | 28 January 2017
The course objective was to improve the participants’ knowledge of the key aspects of effective labour market programmes and employment services, share the lessons learned at national level and discuss best practices and challenges involved in the design and implementation of labour market policies.

National actors from government agencies, worker and employer organisations were provided with updated knowledge and skills required for addressing the current challenges faced by employment services and for implementing effective labour market programmes in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan.

The course participants came up with ideas on what has to be done to improve employment policies for better PES performance. In particular, they emphasised the need for further studies of labour market perspectives to inform evidence-based employment policies and agreed that PES should be proactive, attractive and efficient in addressing the demand of both the  general population and specific target groups, such as persons with disabilities. Offering employment opportunities to young people is a key priority for the entire region, making it imperative for PES to respond effectively to this need.

As part of the training, the participants formulated actionable strategic recommendations for their respective countries. Representatives of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan focused on themes such as youth employment promotion, on helping persons with disabilities access the labour market and find decent jobs, and on promoting social partnerships and establishing tripartite commissions.

Participants from Uzbekistan chose to focus on five high-priority themes for the domestic labour market, such as Public Employment Service (PES) legislation, youth employment, quality of the PES, adult on-the-job training, and tripartite responsibility and cooperation. The identified a few immediate actionable steps, namely to define and increase the shared responsibilities of the labour market organisations, prepare the transition from informal to formal employment, promote labour market cooperation, and others.

The training course was organised by the Project of Support to the Implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) in Uzbekistan, which is funded by the United States Department of Labour (USDOL), in collaboration with the ILO project Partnerships for Youth Employment in the CIS and ILO Geneva.