Moje izkušnje awarded by ILO

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"Moje izkušnje" has been awarded by the highest authority on the field of employment - International Labour Organization (ILO).

"Moje izkušnje" has been awarded the second prize of the Call for good practices on decent work for youth, an initiative launched by the Youth Employment Unit (YEP) of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

As written by the ILO:

"E-Študentski Servis wins second prize of the ILO YEP Call for good practices on decent work for youth

GENEVA, 31 January 2014 – The organisation e-ŠtudentskiServis has beenawarded the second prize of the Call for good practices on decent work for youth, an initiative launched by the Youth Employment Unit (YEP) of the International Labour Organisation.
Their programme entitled “Moje Izkusnje” (My experience) seeks to facilitate the work-to-school transition by means of an online platform with digital portfolios presenting students’ work experience. This method creates a crucial link between students and employers. Additionally, certificates are issued to acknowledge student’s work experience in order to overcome the lack of recognition of non-formally gained work-related knowledge and skills, and discrimination faced by young people with low income in the employment sphere.

The winners of this year’s call were respectively from Paraguay, Bangladesh, the Netherlands, Mexico, Venezuela and Nepal. Each practice, in their very unique way, endeavoured for youth to access decent work whether by building their self-esteem, by developing their skills and capacities or by including those who are marginalised in their society.  

During the 2013 Call for good practices on youth employment, 103 practices where submitted by organisations coming from countries around the world such as Argentina, Bulgaria, Mexico, Uganda, Uruguay, Nepal, Jordan, and Turkey. In total, 57 countries submitted a practice.

An international evaluation committee was assigned to assess the practices and they short-listed 20 of them. The evaluation committee based their assessment on six criteria: relevance of the practice, its effectiveness and impact, its efficiency, its sustainability, its level of innovation and its replicability as a practice fostering youth employment.

The overall objective of the initiative is to improve the implementation and impact of youth employment practices, in order to create more and better jobs for young people. More specifically, the immediate objectives are to identify, share and disseminate good practices in youth employment. The initiative wants to increase visibility of successful youth employment programmes and also create an assessmentmechanism which could allow the identification of good practices. Ultimately, the initiative seeks to provide guidance to governments and other stakeholders in the design and implementation of youth employment programmes.

A critical element of the global jobs crisis is the difficulty faced by young people in entering and remaining in the labour market. Young people are three times more likely than adults to be out of a job. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, out of the total number of unemployed, about 74.5 million are young people. For this reason, the ILO Youth Employment Programme launched the good practices on youth employment initiative.

Maaret Canedo Lohikoski – Coordinator of the Call for good practices on youth employment initiative at IL and Associate Expert on Youth Employment at ILO

Source: ILO