World Youth Skills Day
15 June, 2021
World Youth Skills Day is for people aged 15 to 24 years, as well as technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, and public and private sector stakeholders, to acknowledge and celebrate the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of jobs shows an upward trend in the number of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET). For example, the NEET number rose from 259 to 267 million from 2016 to 2019, and is projected to rise to 273 million in 2021. Sustainable Development Goal 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Key tasks to achieve SDG 4 include:
- access to affordable quality TVET;
- acquisition of technical and vocational skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship;
- elimination of gender disparity; and
- access for the vulnerable.