World Youth Skills Day is an annual observance aimed at raising awareness about the importance of youth skill development and ensuring that young people have the necessary skills to reach their full potential. It focuses on addressing the challenges faced by the younger generation, such as unemployment, inequalities within societies, and the need for adequate training and education for their future careers. The day promotes dialogue among youth, multinationals, governments, and training institutions to create partnerships and exchange best practices for enhancing skill development globally.
The United Nations General Assembly established World Youth Skills Day on 18 December 2014, in response to the challenges faced by youth worldwide, particularly in relation to their professional and personal development. In New Zealand, the observance takes on added significance due to several key concerns. These concerns include a higher unemployment rate for youth compared to the general population, the need to develop future leaders in industries such as information technology, and the desire to bridge the gap between the Māori and non-Māori labour market outcomes.
Various events, workshops, and programmes are held throughout New Zealand to mark World Youth Skills Day. These occasions typically involve educational institutions, governments, and industries collaborating to offer skill-building opportunities and guidance for young people. In addition, platforms such as social media and community events are utilised to share success stories of skill development and to generate discussion around potential improvements. World Youth Skills Day is observed on 15 July each year, fostering an environment where young New Zealanders can continue to develop, innovate, and contribute positively to the nation's progress.
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References and related sitesUN: Youth Skills Day www.epi.org: Young Workers job stats unevoc.unesco.org: UNEVOC World Youth Skills Day Theme 2022