News and Project Activities
7 April 2020Just Launched: UNESCO & ILO SURVEY ON TVET AND COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic affected the way we work and learn in the unprecedented way. Training providers and policy makers are looking for quick, practical and innovative solutions. The purpose of this survey prepared by UNESCO and ILO is to gather good practices and share knowledge to help countries around the world to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the areas of education and training. read more
24 February 2020Facilitating female employment in Jordan
The youth unemployment rate in Jordan for the year of 2018 stands at a staggering 37.2%, which is noted to be one of the highest figures in the past 30 years and among the highest globally. Of this group, females are the worse affected, and despite having a slightly higher ratio of educated females to males, the female labour force participation rate is at only 14%. What are the main trends and how can these trends be reversed?read more
17 February 2020Skill Forecasting Model for Palestine launched
UNESCO Ramallah Office, in partnership with The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), held the launch event for the Skills Forecasting Model in Palestine. This initiative is part of UNESCO’s Youth Employment in the Mediterranean (YEM) project. The current model builds upon an earlier version, with an updated outlook based on new data provided by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Labour and the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics, and other stakeholders, including GIZ, Enable and ILO. read more
13 January 2020Just Launched : Perspectives - YEM Blog and Thinkpiece Series
To get the views and insights of the key local actors, researchers and thought leaders, YEM Knowledge Platform has just launched a new blog and think-piece series. The aim is to have accessible, policy-relevant, and analytical insights on the YEM Project's thematic priorities and also other areas that are of relevance to youth employment in the Mediterranean. read more
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.
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.
Access recently updated knowledge resources developed under the YEM Project, and thematically relevant resources from UNESCO and other agencies.
What is the YEM Project?
Youth Employment in the Mediterranean is a 36-month regional project funded by the European Union and implemented by UNESCO over the period of 2018-2020. The project targets eight beneficiary countries in the South Mediterranean region: Algeria, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, where the aim is 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.