Capacity Building Workshop to Improve the Delivery of Public Employment Services and to Strengthen Youth Rights at Work in China

To improve local employment officials’ capacity in their delivery of public employment services (PES) for both young women and men, including persons with disabilities, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) jointly organize a workshop on public employment services in Wuhan, Hubei Province.

Youth unemployment is a major challenge for China, particularly as it relates to university graduates, young rural migrant workers and young disabled persons. The quality of public employment services(PES) for young people is rather weak, staff capacity and knowledge to help young people are limited, and labour market information cannot effectively reach out to most of the young people; information on the results and impacts of national/provincial youth employment (YE) initiatives is fragmented; young people often have lower wages, longer working hours, hazardous or unsafe working conditions and lack legal and social protection; and social dialogue mechanisms on employment provide youth with a weak voice.

China is implementing its 13th Five-Year Plan for Employment Promotion, launched in January 2017, which highlights the youth employment promotion and the formulation of corresponding measures to support youth employment and youth entrepreneurship. The ILO will continue its long standing partnership with China in advancing employment for young workers.

The ILO working together with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) will organize “Capacity Building Workshop to Improve the Delivery of Public Employment Services in China” from 24 to 27 October 2017 in Wuhan, Hubei Province. About 40 participants from 34 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities and MOHRSS will participate in the workshop.

The workshop will help the participants to improve their knowledge and strengthen their capacities on the operations and functioning of their public employment services as well as to expand their network to provide jobseekers, especially young job seekers (young women and men) and persons with disabilities, with better opportunities for employment.  Besides, the workshop will also introduce the ILO youth rights@work initiative to the participants to improve their ability to protect the youth and to reduce the risk of discrimination at work.