Youth Employment Promotion Programme (Timor-Leste)

The Government of Timor-Leste is taking a number of important initiatives to enhance education and skills training for young people and to expand the employment opportunities for young people as they enter the labour force. This Programme will support and build upon these initiatives, drawing upon ILO and World Bank expertise and tools in the areas of youth employment, training, entrepreneurship development and labour-intensive works.

Project description

To address the obstacles experienced by youth in accessing labour market-driven training and employment opportunities, the YEP Programme will carry out activities towards four specific objectives:

  • A set of policies for Youth Employment consistent with the National Employment Strategy, developed and adopted by the Timor-Leste Government;
  • Employment and suitable training opportunities for young women and men provided by established Employment Centres and Youth Career Centres, in collaboration with partner organisations;
  • A safety net created for most deprived rural poor through the organisation of Labour-Intensive Public Works in critical periods and geographical areas;
  • A competency-based education and training system, providing Timorese youth with relevant skills in accordance with the labour market requirements, established and operational. 

The Programme will target all the thirteen Districts of Timor-Leste assisting an estimated number of 70,000 beneficiaries during the four years of implementation.