Building EU capacities to support the creation of more and better jobs for youth

Building EU capacities to support the creation of more and better jobs for youth


DEVCO and the International Labour Organization’s International Training Centre (ITCILO) recently organised a training to strengthen EU staffs’ capacities to promote the creation of more inclusive and decent employment, particularly for youth.

The recent training, ‘Creating more and better jobs for youth’, was held over 5 days in Brussels for EU staff at both HQ and EU Delegation level. 

Over recent decades, growing attention has been given to creating decent and productive jobs, particularly for youth. Unfortunately, certain challenges need to be overcome to reach this objective, especially when working with labour markets of developing countries, often characterised by high levels of chronic under-employment and unemployment, adverse working conditions, and the predominance of informal work, with few or no rights or protection. 

Employment creation, decent work and labour rights are cornerstones of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New European Consensus on Development, which highlights how the EU and its Member States will work with partners countries to increasing quality employment and entrepreneurship opportunities, particularly for youth and women.

The training was developed in partnership with the ILO and leading experts to help EU staff address employment and decent work within the EU policy framework. The methodology was active, participatory, practice oriented, and made extensive use of peer learning.



The training included contributions from multiple projects, case studies and DEVCO Units working on topics linked to employment and job-creation. Sessions on ‘Maximizing employment through investment in infrastructure’ and ‘Innovations in public employment programmes’, were facilitated by experts from the EU-ILO STRENGTHEN project. While lessons were drawn from the work being carried out under the EU External Investment Plan (EIP), the EU Trust Fund for Africa, and additional case studies. The DEVCO Unit responsible for Private Sector Development (DEVCO C4) contributed to the sessions linked to private sector development.

Building knowledge for improved results 

The training is a further example of the knowledge development efforts being spearheaded by the DEVCO B3 Employment and Social Inclusion team. Thanks to the feedback and inputs received from participants, DEVCO’s employment team will be working on the development of additional tools, namely pursuing the publication of the ‘Employment Manual Vol. 2’ (a follow up to Vol. 1 on Concepts and Definitions). In addition, the development of ‘Sector Guidance Indicators on Employment’, is in the pipeline, and related to Learning & Knowledge Development Strategy at DEVCO 04 to create an online tool – to provide EU operational staff with guidance on building stronger logical frameworks in line with DEVCO priorities.

These tools will be consolidated through the establishment of an informal network of employment focal points throughout Delegations and Commission services, that will capitalise on the soon-to-be renovated Employment Group on Capacity4Dev. It is expected that additional regional trainings will be organised in upcoming months. Keep up to date with all these developments on our webpage and the next editions of this newsletter