The new Global Initiative on Innovative Labour Market Services for Youth – YouMatch aims at setting up a regional demand-driven toolbox for youth-orientated employment services to assess existing labour market tools, enable peer learning and knowledge exchange on a regional and international level, and encourage innovation and transfer of promising approaches within and among the participating countries.
The “Toolbox Project” will focus on selected employment services for young people as pilot examples. Based on case studies of existing approaches within the MENA region, a peer group together with a facilitators’ team will analyse substantial criteria and success factors for the implementation of the identified tools and help in their development and elaboration towards implementing innovation and transferring projects in one or more partner countries.
Bringing young people into employment is one of the central issues to be tackled worldwide, especially in the Mediterranean region. Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries face the challenge of rapidly growing working-age populations. Almost 60% of the population of the region today is under the age of 30 and the total number of young people under the age of 15 is forecast to increase by over 18% by 2020.
Looking at labour markets, there are structural problems and a limited number of decent formal jobs. Furthermore, young people’s qualifications often do not meet the requirements of employers. An important reason for this mismatch between labour supply and demand is the lack of effective job guidance and targeted matching mechanisms on the labour market. This is probably also one cause of high unemployment rates among young people.
“YouMatch” focuses on the link between labour supply and demand with the key idea of improving job matching for young people. The project addresses the challenge of bringing young people and especially young women into sustainable employment and offering them long-term prospects through innovative solutions. “YouMatch” offers stakeholders and practitioners from labour ministries, business associations, civil society organizations and employment promotion programmes a platform to discuss the universal success factors of existing employment services for young people. It helps to identify good examples, further develop and implement innovative labour market solutions, transfer tailored models into different country contexts and share lessons learnt. To support this process, a demand-driven toolbox will be developed together with the participants in the platform.
Valuing existing knowledge and the experience of peers in participating countries and beyond is crucial to achieve sustainable results. Throughout the process, expertise from international organizations and countries which can provide good practices will be incorporated as and when required.
The results and recommendations of “YouMatch” will be shared on the platform of the global initiative and introduced in relevant discussions at the regional and global levels.
The final objectives of the “YouMatch – Toolbox Project” are promoting innovative labour market services, building on knowledge generated within the beneficiary countries, sharing good practices and lessons learnt, increasing the visibility of the own approach and finding partners to advance on the adaption and implementation of promising solutions.
With a total budget of €1.05 million, the project is totally funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.
About the promoter and partner institutions
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is the main commissioning party, but GIZ also works closely with European Union institutions, the United Nations and the governments of other countries as well as the private sector.