Nov. 21, 2018
Employment and Labor Minister Lee Jae-kap launched the Online Youth Center on November 21st (Wed.). The launching ceremony was joined by more than 50 young people including from youth organizations and those who participated directly or indirectly in creating the Online Youth Center.
The Online Youth Center (www.youthcenter.go.kr) is an online platform which provides information on the government’s youth policies and information useful for the youth and offers real-time employment counseling through a mobile- and PC-based instant messaging application, KakaoTalk.
The Online Youth Center, which began operating on a trial basis on October 18th, has been visited by 13,889 people per day on average. Until November 14th, it has provided real-time counseling to an average of about 885 people each day since the counseling service was launched on October 29th.
The detailed features of the Online Youth Center are as follows:
1. Provision of integrated information on youth policies
The Online Youth Center provides information about the government’s youth support policies – of which number currently stands at 147 and will continue to rise - covering every aspect of young people’s lives including jobs, housing and finance. Users can find out eligibility requirements for those policies, what benefits they can enjoy and how to apply.
Users can search policies in the areas of employment support, business start-up, living & welfare and housing & finance, and also policies suited to their needs according to their age, educational attainment.
Users can also compare similar policies to one another based on their key information, such as eligibility requirements and benefits.
2. Real-time counseling
The Online Youth Center offers real-time counseling on youth policies from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, including weekends. Through the counseling, the users can get information about eligibility requirements for certain policies and tailored recommendations on policies for specific needs. The counseling service will be expanded to be provided via telephone from December 2018.
3. Provision of information on youth spaces
The Online Youth Center provides information on the 120 youth spaces nationwide that can be used free of charge, including their locations (and Google Map links), actual floor plans and opening hours and booking procedures.
The Center also provides youth-related popular news and video clips.
Every feature of the Online Youth Center is accessible and available on computers as well as on mobile devices. From next year, the Center will provide information on policies not only of the central government but also of local governments and offer more diverse services. The youth will also be able to book the youth space or apply for the youth job search subsidy on the Online Youth Center.
Minister Lee Jae-kap stressed, “I hope that young people will be able to access government policies more easily and receive employment counseling conveniently through the Online Youth Center. As the employment situation of young people is expected to be very tough over the next three to four years, the government will make every effort to implement measures for youth employment.”