Youth employment in ASEAN

Breaking Barriers, Building Futures: ASEAN Regional Dialogue on Young People’s Skills, Employability and Transition to Decent Work

The event is co-organized by the ASEAN Secretariat, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and UNICEF in collaboration with the UNDP, UNESCO, and UN Women, through the endorsement of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY).

 
The ASEAN Secretariat, ILO, and UNICEF in collaboration with UNDP, UNESCO, and UN Women are organizing the Breaking Barriers, Building Futures: ASEAN Regional Dialogue on Young People’s Skills, Employability, and Transition to Decent Work. This Regional Dialogue is endorsed and co-funded by the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) through the ASEAN Youth Programme Fund (AYPF) as an activity under the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2021-2025.

Happening in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 – 18 October 2023, the Regional Dialogue adopts intergenerational dialogue and an integrated lifecycle approach to support adolescents and youth as they transition from education and training to navigate the world of work. It will also highlight the importance of green and digital skills and jobs in both education systems and labour markets, as well as key gender barriers faced by adolescent girls and young women.

The Regional Dialogue focuses on four thematic areas

  1. Inclusive, future-ready education systems: Enhancing national education systems to integrate digital and climate literacy, green skills, and transferable, 21st century skills to prepare all young people for jobs today and tomorrow.
  2. Skills development and employability: Promoting skills development and employability, with a focus on adolescent girls and young women, within digital and green economies.
  3. Youth employment and labour market transitions for a human-centred recovery: Supporting young workers and youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) to access integrated labour market support for their transition to productive employment and decent work, and to bridge the gender gaps, including through digitalisation.
  4. Entrepreneurship: Strengthening innovation ecosystems to promote youth-led entrepreneurship.
Three focus areas will be streamlined across all thematic areas: gender equality, green and digital skills and jobs. The meeting will convene representatives of youth, education and labour ministries of ASEAN Member States, employers’ and workers’ organisations, private sector, UN agencies, development partners, young people, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders to:
  1. Enable an intergenerational exchange of lessons, challenges, and good practices relevant to adolescents’ and youth’s learning and skilling, employability, engagement, and transition to decent work across ASEAN.
  2. Promote a shared agenda on youth’s learning and skilling, employability, and transition to decent work in ASEAN across governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations, development partners, private sector, youth, CSOs and UN which will inform meaningful progress on these issues.
  3. Enable meaningful contributions by adolescent boys and girls, and youth themselves to the shared agenda for informing policies and shaping solutions to challenges being faced.