Youth employment and entrepreneurship

The 2nd Project Advisory Committee meeting for the Young Futuremakers Thailand-Promoting Youth Employability Project 2021-2022

The Second Project Advisory Committee meeting of the Young Futuremakers Thailand-Promoting Youth Employability Project was organized by the ILO at the United Nations Conference Centre on the 21st February 2022. The project is financially supported by the Standard Chartered Foundation under its Futuremakers by Standard Chartered initiative.

The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) has significantly contributed towards the strategic approach and implementation of the Young Futuremakers Thailand-Promoting Youth Employability Project. The second PAC meeting was held on 21 February 2022 and brought together senior representatives from the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Employers’ Confederation of Thailand and workers’ organizations to discuss the Young Futuremakers Thailand project’s activities and to provide guidance on challenges and difficulties faced by the project.

Boonchob Suthamanuswong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour
During the meeting, the project reported on current activities progress, ongoing initiatives, and potential opportunities. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the project has managed to adapt the implementation strategy and shifted to online digital delivery. This quick response has mitigated delays in implementing project activities and has allowed the project to operate amid the pandemic. For instance, the project collaborated with the Rayong Provincial Employment Office to hold a joint online job fair on 13-14 August 2021. The online job fair leveraged the government’s Smart Job Center website in combination with the Line application to provide a platform for employers to post job vacancies and engage directly with job seekers, including youth. The project also implemented activity-based learning programmes through youth-to-youth peer implementation modality that leverages the role of local youth-led organisation. The programmes focused on helping youth develop the entrepreneurial and soft skills needed to start their own business and creating decent jobs for themselves and others. Moreover, the project is working to develop an online module of the Data Analytics and Visualization (DAV) for Manufacturing course. The online DAV module will be inclusive of persons with disabilities, especially persons with hearing impairments.

The second PAC meeting, the Young Futuremakers Thailand-Promoting Youth Employability Project