New mobile application launched by ILO will help youth know their rights at work Chisinau
The International Labour Organization (ILO) launched a mobile application to help young people of the Republic of Moldova to know their employment rights so that they are better prepared when entering the labour market.
The application called „Youth Rights at Work” is an educational game that can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play. The application is helpful if you want to know more about the labour market and employment issues. By entering the initials, “RWY” in the search engine (the English name of the ILO guide ILO „Rights@Work for Youth”) or by scanning the QR code, one can find and download the app. The app will guide youth in learning about employment contracts, social security, work conditions and occupational health and safety. Each topic is introduced by questions - (test questions and stories) representing real life situations.
The mobile application comes as a solution to the problems young people face on the labour market. Attracting young people to the labour market remains a challenge - 27,4% of young people between 15 - 29 years are classified as inactive or disadvantaged. The official statistics do not reveal the full extent of the problem.
On the other side, many newly hired young people are not aware of the labour regulations and how these relate to their employment practice. Being pressed by the need to find a job, they accept any available offer, which often does not include an employment contract or provide access to social security and labour protection.
To promote the application and increase the knowledge of young people regarding their rights at work, the ILO launched a national competition for vocational schools and lyceums students. Students were encouraged to download the interactive game and to take the test. The application database included all schools and those that registered the biggest number of downloads became the winners. The results of the competition were announced on the 7th of December and the winning educational institutions will be awarded with modern training equipment. The application have been downloaded by 6300 students aged 15 - 20 years, during the duration of the competition.
„Rights@Work for Youth” is a premiere for the Republic of Moldova. It was developed by the ILO in partnership with the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic within the Project"Reactivating the social dialogue for an effective response to COVID-19 in Moldova through Local Employment Partnerships". In the past years, the Government of the Czech Republic supported several projects targeting Moldovan youth, including another application "Navigation on the Labour Market: skills for youth in searching for a job". It is available in Apps Store free of charge by searching “SLM” (as in “Surf the labour market”).