Skills development is a primary means of enabling young people to make a smooth transition to work. A comprehensive approach is required to integrate young women and men in the labour market, including relevant and quality skills training, labour market information, career guidance and employment services, recognition of prior learning, incorporating entrepreneurship with training and effective skills forecasting. Improved basic education and core work skills are particularly important to enable youth to engage in lifelong learning as well as transition to the labour market.
In many countries formal Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is an option for a small minority of young people. Apprenticeships in the informal economy offer many more young people an opportunity to learn a trade and enter the world of work. While building on existing local apprenticeship institutions, ILO’s research and policy guidance seeks to improve the quality of apprenticeship training, the recognition of acquired skills, working conditions and opportunities for young women and men.
Skills for Employment Policy Brief - Enchancing youth employability: the importance of core work skills
18 November 2013
14 May 2013
11 May 2012
Increasing the employability of disadvantaged youth: Responding to the impact of the financial and economic crisis
16 August 2010
15 January 2008
Employment Working Paper No. 7
13 June 2008
International Labour Conference, 2008
15 June 2005
International Labour Conference, 93rd Session, 2005 ; International Labour Office.
01 June 2004
EMP/SKILLS Working Paper No. 19