Youth unemployment is a global problem
621 million young people aged 15-24 years old are not in education, employment or training.
Girls and young women make up the majority of the world’s 621 million young people who are not in education, employment or training.
In 2021, the EU unemployment rate for people aged 15-29 was 13.0 %.
Youth unemployment has largely been described as a major, if not the primary catalyst for revolution, political and societal upheaval and, conflict towards the system.
Lack of economic opportunities, worsened by the impact of climate change and weak governance, drives them into already overcrowded and stressed urban centres. This threatens the future viability of rural areas, and food security.
Finding solutions for Youth Employment and empowering young people to access decent work is one of Plan International EU office main priorities.
Many youth organizations look forward to empower young people to be ready for work, to be confident and skillful, and be part of social networks to find or create jobs. They should have the capacity to negotiate with key stakeholders to change the rural labour market and related education sector to be fit for the future.
This can be achieved through improving local education services; forming and working with youth groups on skill-building; and working with the private sector and government to create apprenticeship, internship programmes as well as on-the-job training opportunities.
The other ideas to achieve this is through promoting the establishment of new climate-resilient micro enterprises; improving business and social performances within existing micro, small and medium-sized companies.