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Youth Employment and Social Dialogue Project
With the financial support from the Norwegian Government under the Social Dialogue programme, CAMFEBA started to implement the Youth Employment and Social Dialogue project (YEP) in 2007 aiming to promote the employment and improve the income opportunities for youth in Cambodia through addressing the issue of skill mismatch. This project was a joint initiative between CAMFEBA and the ILO’s Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ILO ACT/EMP). The project has worked very closely with the Royal Government of Cambodia, the employers, Trade Unions, Universities and other youth NGOs.
The programme has developed and implemented several innovative training programmes for youth on job seeking skills as well as professional development. The project has undertaken ground breaking research on the skills gap in Cambodia and spearheading initiatives to bridge the gap between the education sector and industry to ensure youth are equipped with skills when they enter the market. Through this project, CAMFEBA is positioning herself as a leader in labour market information systems tracking relevant information and influencing policy.
The YEP Project is a joint-initiative between the Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations -CAMFEBA and the ILO’s Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ILO ACT/EMP) under the Pogramme on Social Dialogue funded by the Norwegian Government. The project was launched in Cambodia in June 2007. To ensure that the Social Dialogue plays the strategic role to help coordinate the project to achieve its objectives, the YEP Project set up a Project Advisory Committee, which is a tripartite-plus body, whose members are from the Government, Employers, Trade Unions, NGOs, universities, and donor agencies.
The Cambodian young generations to be equipped with the right skills so as they become more productive and capable to enter into the labor market.
By promoting the Social Dialogue between the Government, Employers, Trade Unions and all stakeholders, the YEP Project provides youth with access to information relating to job opportunities available to them and the employability skills training to prepare them to get ready for the labor market.
Being a non-profit, non-political project, the YEP Project mainly aims to promote a better Social Dialogue between the Government, Employers , Trade Unions and all relevant stakeholders so as they jointly address the youth unemployment issue in Cambodia by creating decent work and promote income opportunities for youth through matching the supplies to the demands in skills in the labor market. We believe with this approach the youth challenges in getting the decent jobs and the employers’ difficulties in finding human resources with the right skills can be addressed simultaneously.