Representatives from youth-related organisations and relevant agencies gathered in Hanoi on Mar. 29 to raise their voices to policymakers on the promotion of job generation for young people in Vietnam.

The forum was held by the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) office in Vietnam .

In the world, the rate of jobless youth triples the unemployment rate among the older working group and four out of every 10 unemployed are young people, the forum said.

It stressed Vietnam ’s priority of providing sustainable jobs for youth. In Vietnam , young people aged from 15-24 account for 50.4 percent of the total unemployed.

The forum mentioned the high unemployment rate among female youth, saying it was 8.3 percent compared to the rate among male youth of 5.9 percent in 2010.

Job quality issues were also on the agenda.

Addressing the forum, ILO Country Director Gyorgy Sziraczki said over 1 million youth join the workforce in Vietnam every year and many of them struggle to gain and keep their jobs.

Creating opportunities for all people, especially youth ranging from 15 to 24 years old, to have access to sustainable jobs is an important task for Vietnam , he said.

Deputy Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Doan Mau Diep affirmed the Vietnamese Government has unceasingly exerted efforts to help young people have access to employment, through policies on education and training, job services and job promotion programmes.

Vietnam will continue to pay attention to allocating resources in order to improve job prospects among the youth and implement the national goal on sustainable development.-VNA