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International Labour Office
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Email : emp_policy@ilo.org
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  • Burkina Faso Validation workshop of the diagnostic study of the construction sector
  • Burkina Faso Validation workshop of the diagnostic study of the construction sector
  • Burkina Faso Validation workshop of the diagnostic study of the construction sector
  • Burkina Faso Validation workshop of the diagnostic study of the construction sector
  • Burkina Faso Validation workshop of the diagnostic study of the construction sector

Youth Employment in the Sahel Region

  • "Promoting quality apprenticeships move youth into decent jobs and help enterprises to find the workforce they need for the future."

    ILO Director- General Guy Ryder

Project background

Operating under the umbrella of the Global Initiative for Decent Jobs for Youth, the Luxembourg government funded project aims to improve the creation and access to decent jobs for youth in the Sahel region. In this context, the ILO is implementing the project through enhanced regional cooperation and capacity building, knowledge sharing, innovative programmes and evidence-based labour market policies.

The project has two key components:
  • The first focuses on producing new knowledge based on the challenges young people face in entering the labour market. New knowledge products aim to influence national youth employment policies in order to create new opportunities for young people to transition into decent jobs. Various studies and publications, capacity building workshops, and activities are planned and will be implemented in 2019-2020.
  • The second component includes a pilot project in Burkina Faso to improve the skills of young people through the promotion and implementation of quality apprenticeship in two trades in the construction sector: electricity and masonry. In collaboration with governments and the private sector, the new project aims to improve the quality of the training programmes with a strong emphasis on the on-the-job learning component. This will help to ensure that young people have the opportunity to practice the new skills acquired from their trade, and not just the theory imparted via traditional classroom settings.

Events

  1. The Decent Jobs for Youth Annual Conference

    The Decent Jobs for Youth annual conference in 2019 will run under the theme Rights and Voices of Youth, promoting an inclusive and rights-based youth employment agenda that allows youth to find their voice and advance their interests.

  2. Workshop on Quality Apprenticeships held in West Africa

    This three-day workshop, organized as part of the Global Initiative for Decent Youth Employment, examined the challenges and opportunities for a quality apprenticeship system in the six West African countries participating in the event.

Key resources

  1. Publication

    Quality Apprenticeships: Addressing skills mismatch and youth unemployment

    12 June 2019

    SKILLS for Employment Policy Brief

  2. A joint ILO/IOE publication

    Tools for Quality Apprenticeships: a Guide for Enterprises

    09 April 2019

News

  1. News

    Japan to support youth employment opportunities for refugees and host community in Mauritania

    11 April 2019

    The project aims at promoting economic self-sufficiency of refugees and peaceful coexistence with host communities through the development of employability schemes and decent jobs in infrastructure construction works.

  2. Press release

    Luxembourg reaffirms support to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth

    23 October 2018

    Donor renews partnership with the ILO with a particular focus on the Sahel region