Report of the Youth Employment Summit

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This is a report of the Youth Employment Summit that was held on the 7th and 8th of May 2012 at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre. The summit was co-hosted by the International Labour Organisation, the South African Youth Council, the Department of Labour, the Jobs for Youth Coalition and the National Youth Development Agency. The Youth Employment Summit was held under the theme of “Decent Work for Youth”. The Summit served as a platform for young people, policy-makers and the social partners to exchange views on the national youth employment situation and to share good practice. The Summit was also intended to help raise awareness on the urgency of promoting decent work for youth. The theme/slogan of the Summit was “Decent work for youth” to underline the urgency of young people’s quest for decent work. The Summit has a direct strategic-fit with the ongoing work of the Jobs for Youth Campaign. It was also intended that the outcomes of the Jobs for Youth Summits held in 2010 and 2011 were be integrated into the content of the Summit.

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