Frequently Asked Questions

The call

1. What types of organizations can apply?
All of the following organizations can apply: government (i.e. Ministry and/or Employment Agency etc.), non-governmental (including civil society organizations) or non-profit organization (including charities), workers organizations, employers organizations and the private sector.

These organizations can be local, municipal, provincial, national, federal, regional or international.

These organizations should be formally constituted (at least 2 years) in their countries and must include youth in the implementation of programmes.

2. Can I send my proposal by fax, mail or email?
No. The only way to send a proposal is through the online registration platform.

3. Does it matter what stage of implementation my practice is in?
In order for a practice to be considered and assessed, it must have been recently implemented or currently under implementation and have tangible and verifiable results.

4. What is a "good practice in youth employment"?
Very generally speaking, a good practice is a programme that has been tested and where a number of practitioners feel it works in the field. In particular a good practice programme in youth employment:
... has positively affected the quantity and/or quality of youth employment and is able to provide some sort of evidence or proof of its positive results. This evidence or proof is any kind of data or information that has been collected to support the positive change.
... must be able to specify why it has been successful by explaining how the programme’s activities have affected the beneficiaries and how this has led to a positive change in the quantity and/or quality of youth employment.
... has a high potential to be replicated by other organisations or institutions and must be able to specify how and in which context it can be useful for others and what the necessary preconditions and challenges are.

Keep these definitions of good practice in mind while answering the questions!

5. What will my organisation/programme get?
Pre-selected good practices:
• Your programme will acquire global visibility
• You will receive recommendations by the evaluation committee on how to improve your practice
• Some of the programmes will be mentioned in ILO reports
• You will become part of the global community working on youth employment related issues, allowing you to share and exchange knowledge with peers

Top 5 good practices:
• MTV™ will prepare a documentary on one of the selected practices
• 2000 USD each*
• An advisory session with an expert on youth employment
• Your good practice published online
• International visibility and recognition

* Also, 5 (five) second places will be selected, one per region, and will receive 1000 USD each.

6. Where can I find more information about submitting a practice?
The call for applications and the guide for participants’ guidelines for the call for proposals can be found here.

7. How do I submit my practice?
To apply, go to the login page of the platform by clicking on www.youthpractices.org. You must first register your organization to obtain a login account (username and password) that identifies you as user. When you log in, you will be able to enter the practices from your organization.

8. What languages can the practices be submitted in?
In English, French or Spanish.

9. What type of programme does my practice have to be?
The practice should be about at least one of the following topics:

o Employment-related information services (e.g. job search assistance, labour market information)
o Career guidance and counselling (e.g. career education and career guidance, job search skills training)
o Targeted programmes to ease the school-to-work transition (e.g. job placements, apprenticeships, internships, study and work arrangements, other work experience provisions)
o Vocational trainings (technical skills, technological & job-specific skills)
o Second chance programmes & youth/adult literacy programmes
o Entrepreneurship training (e.g. business skills, financial skills, coaching and mentoring schemes)
o Core employability skills training (e.g. teamwork, problem solving, communication, time management, analytical skills, languages, computer literacy)
o Access to finance (e.g. grants, micro-credits, micro-insurances, financial linkages, savings)
o Access to non-financial services (e.g. marketing support, business linkages promotion)
o Social dialogue (e.g. negotiation, consultation and exchange of information between representatives of governments, employers and workers on issues of common interest)
o Partnerships and networks for youth employment (e.g. for knowledge sharing, communities of practice)
o Promotion of enterprise start-ups, including cooperatives and social enterprises by young people
o Advocacy for youth employment (e.g. sensitisation efforts, awareness creation, policy dialogue)
o Social protection of young workers (e.g. promotion and raising awareness of rights at work, conditions of work, occupational health and safety, improvement of earnings for low-paid workers/working poor, maternity protection, anti-discrimination, equality in the workplace)
o Transition from informal to formal economy (e.g. incentives to extend social security coverage to informal economy workers, providing access to finance for informal economy units, reducing costs and procedures for business registration)
o Public works programme (e.g. employment through the creation of public goods and/or services financed by the government for unemployed youth)
o Subsidised employment & employment guarantee programmes (e.g. wage subsidies, other incentives for employers to recruit young workers)
o Training subsidies & incentives (including transportation, training vouchers)
o Financial assistance to job searchers (e.g. stipends)

10. When is the closing date for submissions?
On September 16 the call will be closed. After this date, the practices will be sent to an independent evaluation committee for review.

11. If I already registered my practice in 2009 or 2012, can I modify the information? How can I do it?
You will receive a personalized invitation explaining how to register again. If you don’t receive it, please contact us to: youth@ilo.org

12. How many practices can be submitted by each organization?
An organization can submit as many practices as they want, provided that each practice meets the basic criteria.

13. Can the sections of the online registration form be filled out gradually?
Yes, all sections of the form for the practice can be filled out gradually. Once you have logged in to the online registration platform, you can complete the different forms and modify the contents before submitting your entire proposal by clicking on SEND.

14. How do I register multiple practices?
To register multiple practices, you must use the same username and password. You must not create a new user. Simply click on the register practice button.

15. Can I generate my own password?
The participant cannot generate his/her own username or password. The username and password are generated automatically by the system, and is sent to the email provided in the online registration form.

16. I forgot my username and password, how can I retrieve them?
On the online registration page you can retrieve your username and password by clicking on "forgot your password?" You will be asked to provide the email address registered in the system. Then, an email will be automatically sent to you with the username and password requested.

16. I want to make some modifications in my registration form after submitting it. What should I do?
Once submitted, the system does not allow for you to access the registration form again. For modifications, you must register the organization once again and you will be assigned a new username and password.

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