The PREJAL Project: Promoting Youth Employment in Latin America: Public-Private Partnership

In 2005 the ILO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean – assisted by the ILO Office in Madrid – started the regional PREJAL project: Promoting Youth Employment in Latin America, the first public-private partnership (PPP) in Latin America focusing on youth employment. This project aimed to position the youth employment issue at regional and national levels by raising awareness in all layers of the societies of the importance of access to full and productive jobs for young people; promote and support the elaboration of policies and programmes on youth employment through technical assistance; develop innovative experiences of capacity building and inclusion for young women and men, with the ultimate goal of joining enterprises; improve the employability and access to work experience for disadvantaged young people in the finance, energy, security, human resources and sports sectors; conduct a youth employment communication and dissemination campaign, reinforced by a PREJAL virtual platform to exchange knowledge and share the results of the project.