Sep 15, 2011 10:37 AM
Author: The World Bank
Category: Information Material
The World Bank Summary Note: Key Findings, Options and Recommendations of the Youth Scoping Mission, 2008 - At the beginning of 2008 the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) identified youth as one of its six priority areas for medium-term development. The SIG subsequently requested the World Bank provide an analytical input to the development of a new youth strategy. In response to this request the World Bank fielded a mission that aimed to provide an initial overview of the situation of youth in the Solomon Islands today, and to identify options and opportunities for Government action and for World Bank engagement. This note summarizes the findings and preliminary recommendations of the mission.
Oct 25, 2011 04:08 PM
Author: National Policy
Government of Pakistan Ministry of Youth Affairs Islamabad, National Youth Policy
December, 2008 (full text).
Jun 27, 2011 10:49 AM
Category: Information Material
Highlights the importance of gender equality for young people to achieve decent work.
One of the six (6) regional plantation companies participating in the project met with the ILO Human Resources national consultant and project staff to undertake an assessment of the company’s HR requirements.
The meeting was helpful to list out potential job slots and career paths for youth interested in working on estates.
Promoting youth employment both within and outside the plantation sector is key to the project. The project provides youth with opportunities to improve their employability and their access to labour market information and services. This will help them with making informed choices when transiting to the world of work and in realizing their aspirations and full potential.
The Ministry of Youth Affairs (MoYA) allocates additional senior management and staff resources to the youth employment portfolio to prepare for the country’s renewed role as a Youth Employment Network (YEN) lead country.
The Youth Employment Project (ILO/Japan) held technical workshops with MoYA to advise on how to a) prepare the Ministry in its role as a lead YEN country, b) prepare senior staff for subsequent training at a workshop in Lusaka in early December 2009 and c) consolidate reports to the YEN network on progress and achievements in respect of Sri Lanka’s National Action Plan (NAP) on Youth Employment and labour market indicators for youth employment.
The Youth Employment Network: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/employment/yen/
The project conducted a workshop on Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) in Sinhalese medium. 14 participants were trained to train and support rural youth looking for self-employment and entrepreneurship options. Participants came from a range of local labour market institutions, authorities, and service providers as well as individual plantation companies.
The newly graduated SIYB trainers produced action plans to guide their follow-up and cascading activities to reach the ultimate beneficiaries: young women and men in plantations and surrounding villages in need of improved access to gainful employment and livelihood. The new SIYB trainers will be active in Sabaragamuwa Province’s two Districts of Ratnapura and Kegalle.
The SIYB Association of Sri Lanka is the project’s strategic partner delivering SIYB training. October 2009.
30 plantation managers met to discuss and validate the project’s baseline study. The workshop ensured inclusion of plantation related issues.
Sabaragamuwa University Sri Lanka was commissioned to do the study. SUSL’s chief researchers presented the study and discussed the study with plantation managers to validate the study.
The workshop discussed how the plantation sector can better benefit from and receive assistance from labour market service providers with a view to better serve young women and men on estates.
The participating plantation senior managers and managers came from the 21 estates in Sabaragamuwa Province where the project is active.
A delegation of three Sri Lankan officials benefitted from targeted training on youth employment issues. The three officials from both local and central authorities were trained on employment, labour market and training policies as well as best practices.
The training provided knowledge and skills on policy, planning, implementation and monitoring. The course imparted key skills on labour economics, labour market information and vocational training planning and provision with a specific focus on young women and men.
The course took place at ILO’s International Training Center in Turin, Italy. July 2009.
The Youth Employment Project trained 30 business mentors from the Chambers of Commerce in the District of Ratnapura and Kegalle (Sabaragamuwa Province). The trained mentors support young entrepreneurs (mentees) in setting up businesses.
The mentorship model is a valuable strategy to promote entrepreneurship. It provides business advice for young people from business people who themselves are engaged in the actual conduct of business. The activity was undertaken in collaboration with the Youth Business Sri Lanka (YBSL) initiative under the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC).
Training of Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) trainers has resulted in the establishment of new business and employment opportunities for young people. So far the project has trained 10 Tamil speaking SIYB trainers.
In a cascading effort each of these trainers trained young people in rural areas (plantations and surrounding villages). The young people trained by the SIYB trainers have now started to set-up small shops and businesses.
The SIYB Association in Sri Lanka is the Youth Employment Project’s chosen strategic partner for provision of SIYB skills for targeted rural youth. 2009.
The International Youth Day celebration in was used to conduct a workshop on career guidance and counseling for rural youth in Sabaragamuwa Province. There were 410 youth participants including school leavers, youth from plantations, youth from youth corps, trainees from vocational training establishments as well as teachers. The workshop a) prepared youth for gainful employment, b) informed about vocational training options, c) informed about job opportunities, and d) introduced youth to the world of work. The initiative was undertaken in collaboration with the provincial authority and other stakeholders. August 2009.
Eight Sri Lankan officials working closely with the Youth Employment Project (ILO/Japan), benefitted from participating in a conference on Local Economic Development (LED) held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The officials from both local and central authorities a) shared knowledge, b) compared experiences, and c) built knowledge to identify what actions needed to be taken to increase LED in the Province of Sabaragamuwa.
The conference provided knowledge and insights and increased knowledge of LED. Participants enhanced their skills to develop and apply LED approaches and strategies. The event exposed them to improve and develop a network among key LED practitioners at national and regional level.
The project secured participation in the event by officers from a) the District Secretariat in Ratnapura, b) Ederapola plantation estate, c) the National Youth Service Councel (NYSC), and d) the Chambers of Commerce of Kegalle & Ratnapura.
This public awareness campaign targets rural young people (plantations and rural villages) and takes the form of a street drama telling the story of some rural young people, underscoring the importance of access to jobs, vocational training and decent work.
The project will give 15 performances in 2009 - mostly on plantation estates. The 45 minute performances are specially designed to prompt debate and discussion. A short questionnaire is distributed to measure attitudes before and after the performances and discussions. 2009.
The workshop (WS) focused on Modern approaches to Planning, Provision & Management of Vocational Training (VT) with a special focus on Youth Employment (YE). The WS benefitted VT providers and local authorities involved in regulation, planning, provision and forecasting of vocational training. The WS also had interventions on labour market analysis (LMA) and labour market information (LMI) for the use of VT providers and planners.
The WS, exposed participants to:
1. ILO and ILO’s youth employment project
2. The challenges of securing employment and livelihood for youth
3. International and national best practices on VT
4. Importance of LMI and VT forecasting
5. VT for vulnerable groups including women
6. Analysis of status and action planning for improved VT provision
At the WS, participating institutions and partners involved in VT developed action plans on how to boost provision of VT services specifically for youth in the province of Sabaragamuwa. April 2009.
As a follow-up activity to a Career Guidance training workshop conducted by the ILO project, trainees who benefited from the knowledge and skills provided arranged cascading CG activities for school leavers in their district. Pictures and content kindly provided by Skills Development Officers. February 2009.