Celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2021

Published: Thursday 15th July 2021

From butchers and bakers and candlestick makers to pilots and soldiers and air traffic controllers. There are few amongst us who were not affected by the global pandemic. Those who suffered most were arguably the youth, who missed out on education, an opportunity to gain work experience and most importantly a chance to socialize with their friends over Christmas, Thanksgiving, and summer. That is why World Youth Skills Day 2021 could be the most important one since its inaugural year in 2014. If you are young and want to learn more about this annual recognition of talent and skills, continue reading below. Ready to jump into the world of work? Visit Zoek, where you can find nearly 1 million job vacancies, courses, and internships!

What is World Youth Skills Day?

World Youth Skills Day is an annual recognition of talent amongst young people around the world. Formed in 2014 by the UN, it is not only a means to celebrate, but a way to learn and in some cases warn about the future. Disturbingly, two in five young people throughout developing countries still earn less than three dollars a day. The UN aims to change that through education, societal reform and beating poverty.

A group of students working around a table with innovative tech

Why should you care about World Youth Skills Day?

If you live in a first-world country like the US, you might be forgiven for thinking the youth are in safe hands with constant innovation and greener outlooks. The world feels more connected than ever with the rise of social media, but this can be an abstract view. The truth is that nearly half of young people across the globe live in poverty, do not have access to education and consequently cannot gather the necessary skills needed to enter a competitive industry. Youth unemployment in the US is also taking a similar turn, albeit slowly, yet has risen from 9.9% to 27% due to the pandemic. This acceleration is what makes World Youth Skills Day just as important for you this year as it is for nearly 400 million other young people across the world.

What can you do to help?

Simply spread the word! You might want to host a careers day at your local school or college. Encourage more people to volunteer for worthy causes that also gives them key skills. Perhaps most importantly, convince people to follow their passions! 

If you already work or you are a business owner, you might want to consider pitching to your company the possibility of working abroad to help underprivileged young people. Not only will this be a fulfilling experience in line with World Youth Skills Day, it will also generate great exposure to your company and employees. You may offer an internship program or graduate scheme to encourage young people to enter industries that may otherwise be associated with older demographics. Whatever you can do to put emphasis on young people and the skills they possess, the more you will be contributing to World Youth Skills Day.  

Happy young diverse volunteers preparing for work, join hands in park. Volunteering and teambuilding concept, copy space

Don’t stop there!

It is important to remember following World Youth Skills Day that young people should not be relegated to one day a year. This should be a signal to change our collective attitude towards how we train young people to succeed. Not just once a year, but every day! Take the values you learn from World Youth Skills Day and apply them to every walk of life. Education, opportunity and happiness should be at the forefront of our minds. If you demonstrate this every day either as an employee or a business owner, then we will all make the global economy a better place for young people to grow and thrive!

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