29 Jun, 2015

Voices of Youth Feature: A Narrative of a South African Graduate

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By Itumeleng Mphure My day has finally come! As I shop for the perfect dress I cannot help but feel like I am on top of the world. The four years of sleepless nights spent studying and living on coffee and energy drinks are finally paying off. I am finally graduating with my Bachelor’s degree.

28 Jan, 2015

Private sector, ‘care economy’ will be key engines of job creation for next 5 years – UN report

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Private sector services, such as business and administrative services, and real estate, as well as related industries, will employ more than a third of the global workforce over the next five years, according to new data released by the United Nations labour agency. “Service sector employment will remain the most dynamic with respect to job

13 Nov, 2014

One-stop job centre makes it easier for workers and employers to connect

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ILO - Rama Sagama had been unemployed for three years in Tabata, a fast growing high-density suburb in Tanzania’s largest city of Dar es Salaam. The trek of about 10 kilometres to get to the Tanzania Employment Services Agency (TaESA) offices in the city centre made it even more difficult for him to find work.

29 Sep, 2014

Entrepreneurship Provides an Answer to Youth Unemployment in South Africa

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16 September 2014 - Meet 34-year-old Julius Sematla from Mentz village, Limpopo province. Five years ago, he was staying with his parents and jobless. Out of desperation, he bought a few packets of candy to resell, just to get a bit of pocket money. After realizing that he could sell the candy quickly, he thought

9 Sep, 2014

Promoting Career Prospects for young people in the Sciences to ensure sustainable island living

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On 2 September 2014, the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Seychelles, the Government of the Dominican Republic and UNESCO organized a side event that provided a platform for four young scientists to advocate for improved science education and the promotion of careers in the sciences for young people in SIDS. The meeting was chaired […]

3 Sep, 2014

New Report: Low quality of jobs available major concern for young women and men in Asia and the Pacific

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A new report from the International Labour Organization (ILO) states that nearly half of youth workers aged 15-29 in Asia and the Pacific are self-employed, and two out of three youth are in paid work without a written contract. The study, titled Labour market transitions of young women and men in Asia and the Pacific, […]

21 May, 2014

Successful initiatives to curb youth unemployment in Africa

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(UNESCO) 19 May 2014 — Four videos showcase successful initiatives of technical and vocational training project that give youth a better chance to find decent work. The videos focus on innovative projects in Benin, Nigeria and Senegal, which have proven effective in providing youth with skills and competences in demand. In recent years, the alarming […]

19 May, 2014

New training programme to improve employment options for 15 thousand Bolivian youth

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(World Bank) 15 May — The World Bank (WB) Board of Executive Directorstoday approved US$20 million in financing for a youth training program for low income Bolivian youth. The Improving Employability and Labor Income of Youth Project will help close to 15 thousand youth between the ages of 17-35 improve their chances of accessing the labor market. “One […]

18 Feb, 2014

Crowdsourcing initiative on youth in the post-2015 development agenda launched today

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  Today, the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in partnership with other UN entities, international NGOs, and youth groups and stakeholders, launched a crowdsourcing initiative for youth priorities in the post-2015 development agenda. The crowdsourcing is part of the Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which was announced on 31 […]

31 Jan, 2014

Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge Addressed by New UN Report

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According to a new World Bank report, Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, the rising earning potential among Africa’s growing youth population is a major priority that requires strong action on multiple fronts. Youth now make up the largest share of the population in most African countries and as such, it is more important than ever […]