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Toronto, July 16 (Canadian-Media): World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) was globally celebra todayd (July 15), with this year’s theme being “Skills for the Future of Work’, media reports said.
United Nations (UN) General Assembly -- with the aim of creating greater awareness of the importance of technical, vocational education, and training specially among youth all across the world -- declared 15 July as WYSD in the year 2014 and since then July 15 is being globally observed every year as a WYSD
Young people were more had greater chance of unemployment than adults and are exposed labor market inequalities with low quality jobs, said United Nations Organization (UNO) adding that women also suffered underemployment and under-paid.
A recent International Labour Organization (ILO) publication, “Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015” reported that an estimated 71 million young people were unemployed in 2015 (13.1 percent) and added that youth unemployment rate is expected to increase 2017 in most regions.
“As the Canadian Member organization to WorldSkills International, Skills/Competences Canada is fortunate to liaise with trade and technology industry experts from around the world. The Skills Movement in Canada will be enhanced through globalized alliances which emphasize the importance and value of these careers to youth. By hosting the WorldSkills Competition in Canada, our youth, educators and industry partners will see firsthand that careers in trades and technology are valued, respected and critical to both economic and social prosperity not only in Canada but in the entire global marketplace,” said Terry Cooke, Official Delegate for Canada.
WorldSkills Internationalal, a not for profit global agency, recognized WYSD on 15 July 2017 and uses #SkillsForAll and #WYSD, to raise awareness on the importance of youth developing skills.
Structural unemployment -- meaning skills offered by workers do not match with skills demanded of employees by employers -- is one of the main reasons of unemployment globally and impacts economies development, said UNO.
Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth said although much needs to be done -- like changes policies in education and in workers’ rights and protections – there are a number of resources, five among these most important, which are available for skills development.
Memrise, a language learning app which combines memory techniques with entertaining content to make learning fun.
SDG Academy, offering high-quality free content, in the field of sustainable development, from a global faculty of experts .
Khan Academy combines instructional videos with practice exercises on a personalized learning dashboard offers subjects like maths, science, computer programming, history, economics, and more where learning takes place at your own pace.
Coursera, partners with top universities and organizations and offers global access to online courses in various fields of education
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)