News and Project Activities
16 April 2021YEM regional Forum April 2021
Regional forum on Youth Employment in the Mediterranean takes stock of progress and launches digital skills initiative. Read article on UNESCO website.read more
15 March 2021YEM Regional Forum (Online event)
UNESCO is pleased to announce the upcoming YEM Regional Forum on 8 April 2021 from 10:30 am to 12:45 pm (UTC+1). The event will take place online. Key stakeholders from YEM beneficiary countries are invited to take stock of achievements under the thematic areas and to exchange lessons learned at both country and regional levels. read more
12 June 2020YEM Webinar Series : Skills Development in the Tourism Sector in Jordan
This webinar is facilitating mainly the policy dialogues with key stakeholders in the Jordanian TVET landscape including public and private sector. It will explore: the value chain of tourism sector, occupations, jobs and skills needed, shed the light on some future plans, and on previous initiatives as well as considering the “voice of Youth” and their concerns regarding skills and jobs in tourism sector.read more
28 May 2020YEM Webinar Series: Skills in the Tourism Sector in Palestine: Overview of needs after COVID – 19
Building on its ongoing initiatives and activities in Palestine, this YEM Webinar focuses on “Skills in the Tourism Sector in Palestine: Overview of needs after COVID – 19”. This will explore the value chain of this sector, occupations, jobs and skills needed; shed some light on future plans and previous initiatives; as well as listen to the “voice of youth” and their concerns regarding skills and jobs in this sector. read more
What is the YEM Project?
Youth Employment in the Mediterranean (YEM) is a three-year regional initiative (2018 - 2020) led by UNESCO and funded by the European Union, extended until July 2021. The project targets countries in the South Mediterranean region with the aim to support youth employment through improved skills anticipation and assessment systems, and through the promotion of quality and relevant TVET and regional collaboration.
The project is aligned with the UNESCO Strategy for TVET (2016-2021)
which highlights the need for inclusive policy dialogue and reinforcement of stakeholders’ capacities to promote TVET transformation in order to foster youth employment, entrepreneurship and improved skills anticipation, in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goal 4
and the Education 2030 Framework for Action
The overall objective of YEM is to support national authorities, together with the private sector, the TVET providers and the youth organizations in the South Mediterranean region, in understanding and anticipating labour market changes with a view to inform the design, implementation and evaluation of relevant TVET policies, strategies and programmes, aimed at increasing youth employment and entrepreneurship.
For all beneficiary countries, the focus of YEM is to promote the implementation of effective collection and use of information on skills needs, to turn them into relevant policy actions and programmes, and to help establish appropriate governance arrangements to ensure good coordination across the key stakeholders, both within the beneficiary countries and across the South Mediterranean region.
The three specific objectives of the project are:
- To reinforce capacities of countries in the South Mediterranean region in assessing and anticipating the labour market demands and in sharing and using the results to make informed TVET policy and programme decisions;
- To use the results of skills assessment and forecasting to promote quality TVET pathways through work-based learning and entrepreneurship, digital skills acquisition and enhance gender equality;
- To reinforce regional cooperation in the field of TVET with a particular focus on skills assessment and anticipation issues in the Mediterranean region.
What the YEM Knowledge Platform offers
TVET Country Profiles
Access concise, reliable and up-to-date information on TVET systems in the YEM Project countries, and also across the world through the UNESCO-UNEVOC World TVET Database.
Access the knowledge resources developed as part of the YEM Project, as well as relevant publications and resources from UNESCO and other project partners.
Community of Practice
Engage with key experts and TVET stakeholders from the region and beyond and learn more about new knowledge resources, collaboration opportunities, upcoming events and more.
Engage in discussions with key experts engaged across the YEM Project countries, and beyond topics of thematic relevance.
Prioritizing Youth Employment
The lack of opportunities in the Arab world has been exacerbated by a demographic boom. Skills development of the youth is important to meet current market demands and enable them to create employment opportunities as entrepreneurs.
Prolonged gaps in the school to work transition in the MENA region are far greater than in other regions. In addition to worsening population dependency ratios, unemployment and uncertainty of prospects can have adverse social and security implications.
Across the region, high-skilled employment stands at 21%, on average, while middle-skilled roles account for 66% of all existing formal sector jobs. The agricultural sector remains the largest employer in less affluent MENA countries. Investing in youth skills development would help reduce skills mismatches and promote employment.
Access recently updated knowledge resources developed under the YEM Project, and thematically relevant resources from UNESCO and other agencies.