Programme to support employment policies and training of young people in Uruguay

Uruguay

Uruguay faces significant challenges in ensuring young people’s access to decent employment. The unemployment rate of people aged 15-24 currently stands at 19.7 per cent (23.6 per cent for young women). Increasing job insecurity, decreasing wages and limited access to social protection by young workers compounds the difficulties of young people who do find work.

The government has implemented several interventions to address the youth employment challenge. These interventions have however been limited in scope, fragmented and characterized by lack of coordination among implementing institutions. It is against this background that the Parliament passed a youth employment promotion law in 2013. This law was formulated with the technical support of the ILO.

The Sida-ILO project in Uruguay aims to increase the effectiveness of youth employment and training policies through a series of actions to be implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, employers’ organizations and trade unions. Its implementation is focused on generating knowledge and improving the effectiveness of existing policies, including through strengthened coordination and cooperation of the actors involved in the provision of services and programmes for employment of young people. Support in respect of the implementation of the youth employment promotion law has been provided for the elaboration of technical and administrative guidelines. Another component of the project aims to improve monitoring and evaluation functions through strengthened capacity of public institutions engaged in the implementation of youth employment measures. In addition, support has been provided to the Ministry of Labour and the social partners in including youth employment and training issues in social dialogue processes.