World Youth Skills Day

World Youth Skills Day Quick Facts - GB

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2023 Date15 July 2023
2024 Date15 July 2024
World Youth Skills Day

World Youth Skills Day History

World Youth Skills Day seeks to emphasize the importance of engaging young people in the workforce. This day encourages teaching the youth the skills they will need to successfully manage evolving challenges. It hopes to prepare them with the resilience to adapt to future disruptions.

World Youth Skills Day was established in 2014 by the UN General Assembly. It is observed annually on July 15th.

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World Youth Skills Day Facts

  • The theme for World Youth Skills Day in 2021 was Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic.
  • In 2019, 267 million young people around the world were classified as NEET (not in employment, education, or training). According to the UN, that number is projected to continue climbing to around 273 million in 2021.
  • According to the Economic Policy Institute, in 2021, the overall unemployment rate for young workers jumped from 8.4% to 24.4.

World Youth Skills Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Learn more about the issues surrounding youth unemployment. This infographic from the International Labour Organization goes into detail about why more than 200 million young people are either unemployed, or have a job but live in poverty.
  • Review current job listings to check their requirements. By understanding whether or not jobs are requiring new skills, you can help friends and family better navigate the workforce. You can also better equip yourself if you are looking for employment.
  • Review the UN'S objectives for World Youth Skills Day. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, young people have faced increased pressure within the job market. Their required work skills have been the focus of the UN and the International Labour Union to better understand how they can return to the workforce.

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