Jun 2, 2020, 12:48 PM
The novel coronavirus pandemic has rapidly transformed from a health into an economic and labour market crisis that has already taken its toll on young people across the globe, through unemployment, lower quality jobs, and broken transitions to education, skills development, employment counseling and decent work.
To bring youth voices to the forefront of action and policy responses, the ILO and partners of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth (DJY) are conducting a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth and the world of work.
The survey will focus on four main areas: (i) the crisis’ effects on youth’s employment and learning situation and aspirations; (ii) effects on psychological well-being and mental health; (iii) young people’s engagement in social activitism and volunteerism; and (iv) their opinions on policy responses taken so far and expectations on the role of the authorities, including their own proposals to protect the labour market prospects of young people during and after the crisis.
The survey targets young people from all regions, countries, and backgrounds; those actively engaged in economic activities across sectors and industries; as well as those that are in school and those not in employment, education and training (NEET).
The survey results will be shared widely to help inform ILO constituents and decent Jobs for youth partners as they navigate these unprecedented times with a profound commitment to protect young people, their rights, voices and opportunities for decent work.
The study will assist youth associations and their partners to create more employment for youth across the world.
Source-International Labour Organisation
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