World Youth Skills Day is observed on 15 July every year to support skills and talents in today’s youth. This year the day will be concentrating on the skills of a resilient youth in the period of COVID 19 and beyond.
This great day aims at offering a unique socio-economic environment for today’s generation. The day is an excellent way to build knowledge and start conversations about the benefits of different skills.
Also, you can use the awareness of this day to highlight the significance of skills for financial growth and individual success. Please keep scrolling to understand its history, significance and other details.
World Youth Skills Day: History
15 July is listed as World Youth Skills Day by approving a United Nations General Assembly resolution in December 2014. The chief purpose of the day is to gain better positions for today’s youth regarding the challenges of unemployment and under-employment.
World Youth Skills Day: Significance
Youth unemployment is growing, which is the most crucial obstacle faced by today’s economies and communities for developing and developed countries alike.
As per the most advanced Global Trends for Youth: technology and the future of jobs, after 2017, there has been a higher trend in the amount of youth not in work, training, or education (NEET).
About 259 million young individuals in 2016 were listed as NEET, and this figure rose to an approximated 267 million in 2019, and it is assumed it will grow to about 273 million in 2021.
In terms of percentage, the drift is insignificantly up from 21.7% in 2015 to 22.5% in 2020 and assuming that we will miss the international target to decrease the NEET rate by 2020.
In 2014, the General Assembly announced to observe the World Youth Skills Day on 15 July.
With a target to offer an opportunity for modern youth, vocational and technical education and training (TVET) institutions, public and private sector stakeholders to recognize and admire the value of preparing young youth with talents of employment, good work, and entrepreneurship.
World Youth Skills Day: Essential facts
- In the entire world, one in five individuals is in NEET (The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) that is not in education, employment, and training. Three out of four young NEETs are women.
- Between 1997 and 2017, the number of young people increased by 139 million, and the youth labor force population shrank by 58.7 million.
- Nearly 2 out of 5 young workers in emerging and growing economies exist on less than US$3.10 a day.
- Before the current crisis, the young population was three times as likely as adults (25 years and older) to be jobless. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 1 in 6 young people are out of a job.
- For more than 100 years ago, combining distance learning with practical abilities development has shown effectiveness in TVET. In 1910, due to the typhoid pandemic and urgent need, Australia launched its first distance TVET courses to teach health controllers by correspondence while they worked.
Best Methods for Skill Development in India
The different projects that are launched for skill development by the Government of India are:
- Apprenticeship training
- CTS – Craftsmen Training Scheme
- Financial Assistance for Skill Practicing of Persons with Disabilities (PwD)
- Ministry-wise Skill Development Schemes
- DDU-GKY – Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, the Skill Development for General Growth
- SHREYAS – Scheme for Higher Education Youth in Skills and Apprenticeship
- Green Skill Development Programme
- National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme
- Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana
- National Qualifications Register
- Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra
- Skill development for minorities