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Transforming youth skills for the future

In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. Since then, World Youth Skills Day has provided a unique opportunity for dialogue between young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers’ and workers’ organizations, policy-makers and development partners.

World Youth Skills Day 2022 took place amid concerted efforts towards socio-economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that are interconnected with challenges such as climate change, conflict, persisting poverty, rising inequality, rapid technological change, demographic transition and others.

Young women and girls, young persons with disabilities, youth from poorer households, rural communities, indigenous peoples, and minority groups, as well as those who suffer the consequences of violent conflict and political instability, continue to be excluded due to a combination of factors. In addition, the crisis has accelerated several transitions the world of work was already undergoing, which add layers of uncertainty regarding the skills and competencies that will be in demand after the pandemic is overcome.

TVET is well placed to help address these challenges by reducing access barriers to the world of work, ensuring that skills gained are recognized and certified, and offering skills development opportunities for out-of-school youth and those not in employment, education or training (NEET). During this Decade of Action for the 2030 Agenda, the full engagement of young people in global processes is vital to generate positive change and innovation.

Virtual events

YOUth matters: Celebrating skills for the future

7-8 July 2022, online event, 2.00 - 4.30 pm SGT (GMT+8)

YOUth matters: Celebrating skills for the future was organized by Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, UNEVOC Centres, local and regional partners.

The main symposium kicked off a three-month series of programmes and events to celebrate WYSD Asia-Pacific 2022. The opening plenary focused on challenges and solutions faced by institutions in ensuring that TVET is demand-driven and future-focused. It also featured prominent speakers from the region representing successful TVET alumni who have excelled in their domain, city leaders, policy-makers, practitioners, industry players, and academia. Join the platform to watch the recording.

Transforming youth skills for the future

15 July 2022, hybrid global event, 10.00 am - 12.30pm (EDT)

The celebrations of World Youth Skills Day 2022 highlighted the ongoing focus on the Transforming Education Summit (September 2022), and contributed to the work being done under its Thematic Action Track “Learning and skills for life, work, and sustainable development”. The summit is a youth-inspired global event of major importance for the future of millions of young people; it is prepared by, with and for youth.

The "Transforming youth skills for the future" global event was co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. It brought together youth, governments, UN agencies, private sector and civil society representatives to analyse the impact of current crises on youth across the world, and discussed how young people can quickly adapt to the demands of an ever-changing world.

View the Concept Note and Agenda.

Watch the recording here

TVET Youth Voices

As part of the WYSD Asia-Pacific Initiative, TVET students shared their views on which skills will be most important in the future and how decision-makers can support youth skills. The initiative was organized by Temasek Polytechnic in collaboration with UNESCO-UNEVOC, UNEVOC Centres, local and regional partners.

Devin Cameron Goad, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore

Fydianissa Fitri, Binus University, Indonesia

Hanna Emilia, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Skylar Guo, Shenzhen Polytechnic, China

Skills in Action Photo Competition 2022

Are you an amateur or professional photographer with an interest in youth skills? Don’t miss your chance to enter the UNESCO-UNEVOC Skills in Action Photo Competition!

Your photos should capture green and digital skills in technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2022

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The importance of youth skills

For World Youth Skills Day 2022, UNESCO-UNEVOC and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), collaborated on a campaign to highlight the importance of youth skills for the future.


Mariatu, a Ghanaian welding trainee, serving as an inspiring role model for girls interested in the industry

© GIZ/Sergelenbat

Umnugobi, Mongolia - Students of industrial mechanics at Umnugobi Polytechnic College

Youth employment and entrepreneurship

The growing youth population, rising unemployment in many countries, changes in the labour market and in our economy due to technological developments are just some of the reasons why we must provide future generations with the entrepreneurial skills and mindsets they need to cope with a changing world.

To help technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions form the entrepreneurial values that are important for young people’s lives, economic development and a sustainable society, UNESCO–UNEVOC has developed a practical guide on how to introduce entrepreneurial learning where it is lacking, and how to mainstream it in vocational training.

Access the interactive practical guide

Entrepreneurial learning for TVET institutions

A practical guide
This guide is also available in an [https://unevoc.unesco.org/elg interactive online version]. You can view an introductory video on the practical guide [https://youtu.be/tuY58QuidMg here]. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in ...

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World Youth Skills Day Poster Template

In six different languages
This document contains a generic poster design in the six UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). These posters can only be accessed by logged-in members of the UNEVOC Network.

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Archive of previous WYSD celebrations

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2021

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2020

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2019

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2018

UNESCO-UNEVOC WYSD Celebration 2017

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