Integrate young people into the labour force

A workshop has been held to achieve understanding of the needs on developing and implementing youth employment programmes in China

Press release | Beijing, China | 02 April 2014

The ILO in collaboration with China’s People University organized a workshop to address the youth employment issue. The workshop expected to achieve a further understanding of the needs on developing and implementing youth employment programmes in China. It also targeted to raise participants' knowledge on youth needs and challenges, as well as on relevant policy options, improve their capacity to design and implement the policies and programmes for youth employment.

ILO specialists on employment and youth employment participated in the workshop. Representatives from Chinese tripartite constituents, youth federation and academic institutes attended the workshop. They discussed and analysed employment challenges faced by young people, also introduced their initiatives and measures to support youth employment. Furthermore, university students were invited to share their views and experiences in business start-up and internship programmes, while provide constructive suggestions on improving efficiency and effectiveness of supportive measures for youth employment.

Azita Berar Awad, Director of ILO Employment Policy Department stressed in her remarks the pressing need to integrate young people into the labour market.

The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis. In 2013, some 74.5 million young people—aged 15-24—were unemployed. A global youth unemployment rate reached 13.1 per cent, which is almost three times as high as the adult unemployment rate.

Chinese government also faces mounting pressure to provide decent job opportunities for millions of new labour market entrants by 2015. More than 7 million university graduates enter into labour market in 2014.

The ILO wishes, through its global experts’ network, to provide assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. The ILO is promoting decent jobs for youth through five areas of work, which include macroeconomic policies, education and training, labour market policy, entrepreneurship and labour rights.