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Youth Employment

Youth between the ages of 14 and 18 supported by the ILO SNAP-Malawi project learn valuable skills at the Vocational Training and Service Outlet, situated in the tobacco fields in the Kasungu region of Malawi. Learn More

Rising youth unemployment is a growing problem the world over. Globally, youth face numerous employment-related challenges, including poverty, under-employment, unemployment, a lack of relevant education and skills, and a lack of decent job opportunities. Without action, the future outlook for youth is bleak and could have negative impacts on society as a whole, such as a potentially smaller productive labor force, a higher dependence of youth and their families on social services, increased crime, political instability, and youth suffering from long-lasting psychological effects.

Our Strategy

ILAB is committed to playing an active role in addressing the youth unemployment crisis. We advocate for international action and commitments from developed and developing countries to address youth unemployment and fund technical assistance projects to promote youth employment.

In international dialogues in the G20, the ILO, and other multilateral fora, ILAB promotes the use of effective labor policies and programs, such as work-based training and vocational training, and also shares best practices with other governments to enhance effective action to address youth unemployment both at home and abroad.

We also fund technical assistance projects that provide youth with education and vocational training and access to other resources they need to secure decent work and serve as future leaders.


  • Provide youth with marketable skills and guide them to become productive members of their communities.
  • Increase resources allocated to youth employment and training programs.
  • Facilitate school-to-work transition.
  • Increase job opportunities for youth.

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