Youth employment

The world is facing a worsening youth employment crisis: young people are three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and almost 73 million youth worldwide are looking for work. The ILO has warned of a “scarred” generation of young workers facing a dangerous mix of high unemployment, increased inactivity and precarious work in developed countries, as well as persistently high working poverty in the developing world.

The ILO's programme on youth employment operates through a global network of technical teams at its headquarters in Geneva and in more than 60 offices around the world. It provides assistance to countries in developing coherent and coordinated interventions on youth employment. This integrated approach combines macro-economic policies and targeted measures which address labour demand and supply, as well as the quantity and quality of employment.

Latest

  1. Project documentation

    FAQ - Fund for Evaluation in Employment 2015

    01 July 2015

    This document addresses frequently asked questions regarding the call for proposals of the Fund for Evaluation in Employment 2015. The Fund is an initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) aimed at improving the effectiveness of employment and enterprise development interventions in the Middle East and North Africa.

  2. Project documentation

    Information Note - Fund for Evaluation in Employment 2015

    01 July 2015

    This note provides information about the call for proposals of the Fund for Evaluation in Employment 2015. The Fund is an initiative of the International Labour Organization (ILO) aimed at improving the effectiveness of employment and enterprise development interventions in the Middle East and North Africa.

  3. Employment-Intensive Investment

    Shan State: Peace, reconcialiation and development through community empowerment

    22 June 2015

Key resources

  1. Youth employment crisis: ILO call for action

    In June 2012, the ILO adopted a Resolution calling for immediate, targeted and renewed action to tackle the youth employment crisis. The resolution provides a portfolio of tested measures in five areas: macro-economic policies, employability, labour market policies, youth entrepreneurship and rights.

Learn. Share. Connect.

  1. Decent Work 4 Youth Platform

    Interactive on-line platform to engage young people and find solutions to the youth employment crisis.

Events

  1. What Works in Youth Employment

    Knowledge sharing event on boosting youth employment in Africa through public works programmes

    29 - 30 June 2015

    Representatives of governments, workers’ and employers’ organizations from many African countries will get together in Ethiopia to explore what works to boost youth employment in the region.