Employment Seminar Series

Youth employment and COVID-19: Some lessons from the crisis

EMPLOYMENT Seminar #35,

    The COVID-19 crisis has inflicted a triple shock on young people. It is destroying their employment opportunities and pushing them into poorer quality jobs; disrupting their education and training; and placing major obstacles in the way of those seeking to enter the labour market or to move between jobs. The crisis has also further enhanced existing structural inequalities and fragilities in society and in the world of work, and has had a major impact on the aspirations of young people. Young people were already in a perilous situation in the labour market prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Work as we know it is changing rapidly. The COVID-19 crisis is pushing many decision makers to take measures. The challenge from a policy perspective is to make sure that social justice and equality prevails.

    This seminar aims to present a picture of the situation of youth employment today as well as the policy responses that have been put in place during the COVID-19 crisis.

    Please register here.

    Kindly note that the maximum capacity of Room XI is 15 people on a first come first served basis.


    Welcome : Sangheon Lee (ILO, Director/EMPLOYMENT)

    The global impact of the COVID-19 crisis on young people
    Presentation: Niall O’Higgins and Sher Verick (ILO/EMPLOYMENT/EMPLAB)
    Discussants: Bernd Muller (ILO Focal point Africa IDAG) and Juan Chacaltana (ILO/EMPLOYMENT/DMCU)

    Youth labour market resilience during COVID-19 in low and middle-income countries

    Presentation: ILO – Young Lives (YL) Project Study: Marta Favara, (Deputy Director YL Project - Oxford University)
    Discussants: Maria Prieto (ILO/EMPLOYMENT/EMPLAB) and Francesco Carella (ILO Focal point LAC/IDAG)

    Youth Employment in Times of COVID: A global review of COVID-19 policy responses to tackle (un)employment and disadvantage among young people

    Presentation: Adam Coutts, Anna Barford, and Garima Sahai (Cambridge University)
    Discussants: Kostas Papadakis (ILO/DIALOGUE) and Christina Behrendt (ILO/SOCPRO)

    Closing remarks: Sukti Dasgupta (ILO/EMPLOYMENT/EMPLAB) and Sangheon Lee (ILO/EMPLOYMENT)