World Youth Skills Day 2016
World Youth Skills Day presents an opportunity to come together and recognize the importance of youth skills development, giving youth the chance to contribute to their communities’, countries’ and international sustainable development.
Providing youth with skills development opportunities, for example through quality TVET, is critical to give them future perspectives. UNESCO-UNEVOC will join the world in celebrating United Nations World Youth Skills Day on 15 July 2016 by holding an event which will ask youth and TVET stakeholders to come together and discuss the way forward.
According to a recent International Labour Organization (ILO) publication, 73.4 million young people were estimated to be unemployed in 2015 (13.1% youth unemployment rate), and this figure is expected to increase in most regions by 2017. One reason for youth unemployment is structural unemployment, a mismatch between the skills that workers in the economy can offer and the skills demanded of workers by employers. Structural unemployment affects all regions around the world and it impacts not only economies but also hampers the transition to equitable and inclusive societies envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.