Youth Development Programme: Decent Work for Young Workers


The Centre’s Youth Development Programme creates decent work opportunities for young workers, combining support to help out-of-work or disadvantaged youth looking for decent work with support to help employers recruit and cultivate a motivated, young workforce. Decent Work for youth programmes are a highly effective tool for child labour remediation and prevention, as it offers decent work opportunities for youth in hazardous work and at-risk youth.  


The Youth Development Programme offers companies a comprehensive programme to create opportunity within their supply chains  for decent work and development of  young workers. The programme offers training and support on the employment of young workers, including onsite visits and walk-through to identify suitable roles and workstations for young workers and avoid hazardous work risks. We also review relevant internal policies and management process (including recruitment processes) to ensure these include adequate provisions to create a supportive environment for young workers that meets their specific needs and complies with international and local regulatory requirements. 


Available to employers large and small across both manufacturing and agricultural settings, the Youth Development Programme equips businesses with the skills and knowledge they need to recruit young workers with confidence. By reviewing existing juvenile worker policy and procedures and interviewing staff involved in the recruitment and employment of young workers, our team undertakes a comprehensive assessment of current young worker needs. The Youth Development Work Programme delivers training and support including: 


  • Responsible recruitment of young workers

  • Identifying common risk areas and hazardous work for young workers

  • Suitable workstations/job roles for young workers 

  • Meeting legal requirements related to young workers

  • Best practice benchmarking

  • Creating a supportive environment and management approach for young workers


The Centre’s Youth Development Programme also includes packages of soft skills and developmental training to support young workers, with a focus on: 

 

  • Help build self-recognition and positive attitudes towards work and life

  • Improve practical skills to reduce common work-related stress

  • Equip workers with basic concepts and skills related to communication and conflict management

  • To develop insight and ability in making self-assessment and personal action plan for career development

 

The training will cover keys topics in young workers’ professional and personal development, such as:

 

  • Technical skills development: on- and off-the-job skills training, including job rotations

  • Basic education: literacy skills, financial literacy and basic computer skills

  • Soft and life skills, career skills, and prevention of gender-based violence

 

What does the programme achieve?


  • The programme reaches the most vulnerable out-of-school youth: 67% of those participating in the Vietnam programme left school for economic reasons and many worked in hazardous conditions or in the informal sector before - with several children working in night clubs before joining the programme

  • Long-lasting improvements in retention rates: The youth development programme in Vietnam and Indonesia led to a 58% increase of young workers planning to stay for two years or more

  • Significant improvements in young worker management, including introduction of grievance mechanisms, identification of suitable tasks for young workers, customised production targets etc.

  • Improved health and safety conditions within participating factories: 99% of past programme participants felt safe and expressed high satisfaction with working hours

  • Increase in learning opportunities for young workers: past programme participants received technical & life-skills training & gained practical skills in sewing, quality control, career development etc.


Contact us to discuss how The Centre’s Youth Development Programme can support your business to create decent work opportunities for young workers and recruit juvenile workers with confidence. 


Ending Child Labour by Giving Young Workers Access to Decent Work: Huong’s Story

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Ending Child Labour by Giving Young Workers Access to Decent Work: Huong’s Story

The project carried out by The Centre in our company has yielded good results and we are very satisfied with your company's help. Through The Centre’s professional training, we have broadened the thinking of young employees and inspired their positive spirit.

-Vice President, Mr. Zhang, whose factory in China took part in a young worker support programme in 2019 and 2020
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Vice President, Mr. Zhang, whose factory in China took part in a young worker support programme in 2019 and 2020

I want to become a supervisor one day in this factory. Therefore, I plan to stay with the factory and continue to learn new skills to prepare better for my career path.

-A male young worker at Scansia in Vietnam who took part in a youth development programme in 2020
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A male young worker at Scansia in Vietnam who took part in a youth development programme in 2020

I attended the young worker development programme in September, which made me rethink my future development. I chose a job close to home this year because of COVID-19. I found that there are also learning and development opportunities here after I joined KVE. I also applied to participate in job skill training outside my current position. My plan is to learn the skill set of the entire production line to see if I have the opportunity to work in technical positions or as a manager in the future.

-Mr. Wei, a young worker at KVE factory in Sichuan, China, 2020
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Mr. Wei, a young worker at KVE factory in Sichuan, China, 2020

Through this project, I think not only young workers got the opportunity to improve, but the company and our staffs who are involved in implementing or monitoring the project also learn and grow along the way.

-An HR Manager whose factory took part in a youth development programme in Indonesia between 2019-2020
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An HR Manager whose factory took part in a youth development programme in Indonesia between 2019-2020

After a period of training, young workers are now proving good productivity. They are young and energetic, and quick learning, especially when working with data, computers and languages, and we saw that they were happy working on these jobs.

-An HR manager in Vietnam whose factory took part in a youth development programme in 2019
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An HR manager in Vietnam whose factory took part in a youth development programme in 2019

We started our juvenile worker recruitment programme in 2018 but besides the policy, we did not know how to turn it into actions and how to correctly recruit, develop and support juvenile workers. Now we are running a systematic way of supporting a young worker workforce at our factory. 

-Ngoc Son Hafuco’s HR Manager, Vietnam, 2020.
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Ngoc Son Hafuco’s HR Manager, Vietnam, 2020.

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