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21 July 2022
UNESCO Webinar on Skills Development for Youth
The UNESCO Section for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development (TVET) is organizing on 21st July 2022, from 10.30 am to 1.00 pm (CEST - Paris time), a Webinar on Skills Development for Youth as a follow up to the Youth Employment in the Mediterranean (YEM) project. Please register via link below.
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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.

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.

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Knowledge Resources

Access the knowledge resources developed as part of the YEM Project, as well as relevant publications and resources from UNESCO and other project partners.

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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.

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Discussion forum

Engage in discussions with key experts engaged across the YEM Project countries, and beyond topics of thematic relevance.

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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.

Publisher/s:  UNESCO
Published:  2021

Actions to Foster Expansion of Quality Work-Based Learning Programmes for Young People in the South Mediterranean Region

Policy Guidelines

This report aims to inform policymakers and practitioners in the Arab region and other countries and agencies supporting the development of TVET about what steps might be taken by the government, social partnerships, TVET training institutions, private and public sector workplaces, and to organise, implement, manage, and evaluate effective WBL programmes targeting young people.

The report is mainly informed by country reports from Algeria, Egypt (El-AShmawi,2017), Jordan (Rawashdeh, 2017), Lebanon (Ghneim, 2017), Palestine (Jweiles, 2017), Morocco (Sennou, 2017), Oman (Al-Mujaini, 2017), Tunisia (Chelbi, 2017) and Algeria (Bedou 2018). These have been augmented by the contributions by representatives of six of these countries in the technical workshop held in Rabat, Morocco in October, 2019.

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E-learning course materials

The Pix platform

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Pix methodology: How to build a pedagogical scenario

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Pix step-by-step user guide

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Implementation guide for heads of training institutions

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Pix learning scenario 1 - Localization

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Pix learning scenario 2 - Building a smart lamp with Alduino

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Pix learning scenario 3 - The kiwis market

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Brochure - E-learning course on skills anticipation and matching

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Presentation - E-learning course on skills anticipation and matching


Welcome letter - E-learning course on skills anticipation and matching

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Closing ceremony letter - E-learning course on skills anticipation and matching

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General introduction video

YEM project stakeholders

YEM national webinar - Skills in the water sector in Lebanon

YEM regional workshop on digital & entrepreneurial skills

YEM regional forum - 8 April 2021

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