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EU's youth job scheme criticised on money and targets

EU Observer, 24 March 2015 - The flagship European programme to get back young people to work is set to cost more than planned while it is not clear how many jobs it will result in, the EU's financial watchdog said Tuesday (24 March).

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Mar 25, 2015 01:34 PM |
Older workers create extra jobs for young people - report

BBC News, 11 March 2015 - When people in their 50s stay on in the workforce, it creates more, not fewer, jobs for younger people - according to a government-backed report.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Mar 24, 2015 08:26 AM |
BBC wants to get 5,000 young people into digital jobs

BBC, 05 March 2015 - Thousands of young unemployed people will receive training and three week work placements as part of a new BBC scheme to improve digital skills. Up to 5,000 people could take part in what the broadcaster said was the largest programme of its kind ever carried out.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Mar 24, 2015 08:20 AM |
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Microfinance for Decent Work

ILO February 2015 -Entrepreneurs in the informal economy, and the employees that work in those businesses, are often exposed to difficult and dangerous working conditions. The tools used to identify, prevent and rectify such conditions in the formal economy – including social dialogue between employers and employees, labour inspection and other applications of labour law – generally do not apply to the unregistered enterprises that proliferate in many emerging economies. Consequently, alternative approaches are required. But how can one reach these enterprises and influence their conditions?

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Feb 18, 2015 12:00 AM |
YOUTH & CONSEQUENCES Unemployment, Injustice and Violence

Mercy Corps - Every year, Western donors deploy vast sums of development assistance to dampen the appeal, among the world’s youth, of militias, pirates and terrorists. But guided by little in the way of empirical evidence, it is an enterprise plagued by unclear payoffs and unintended consequences.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Feb 16, 2015 12:00 AM |
Lao Development Report 2014

World Bank - Recent media reports of a perceived “skills problem” in Lao PDR have spurred an intense focus on skills development initiatives. Alarming media coverage of rising wages and complaints among firms of a shortage of skilled workers has raised concerns over whether Lao workers are equipped with the skills sought by firms. The Government and other partners have responded by channeling more resources to skills development, for example with investments in vocational training facilities to train more workers. This report argues that the workforce problems which Lao PDR faces do not only stem from problems in the education sector. Looking only to skills development as a solution would not address the fundamental problems constraining economic growth, employment creation, and poverty reduction. Creating an environment conducive for farm and non-farm businesses to make investments and grow remains an essential first step for skills development. As World Bank (2004) states, Training does not create jobs. Skills are a derived demand and that demand depends on policies for growth and employment creation.

Posted by Matthieu Cognac at Oct 01, 2014 12:00 AM |
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