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Skilling teachers, trainers and youth for a transformative 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.

The theme for World Youth Skills Day 2023 is Skilling teachers, trainers and youth for a transformative future. It highlights the essential role that teachers, trainers and other educators play in providing skills for youth to transition to the labour market and to actively engage in their communities and societies.

Technological advancements and shifting labour market dynamics increasingly call for agile and adaptable skill sets. It is crucial that we empower young people to navigate these changes effectively. Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is well placed to meet these demands by reducing access barriers to the world of work, ensuring that skills gained are relevant, recognized and certified, promoting green skills and practices, and offering skills development opportunities for youth who are not in education, employment and training.

On World Youth Skills Day, let us unite in recognizing the potential of young people as catalysts for change and commit to providing them with the skills and opportunities they need to build a prosperous and sustainable world for all. Together, we can shape a brighter future where no young person is left behind.

Find out more about UNESCO-UNEVOC's work on Inclusion and Youth.

World Youth Skills Day Infographics

Empowering youth for a sustainable future:
Building skills for tomorrow

This hybrid event, co-organized by UNESCO-UNEVOC and WorldSkills International, showcases the positive impact of youth skills development on societies and economies, and empowers young people to meet the challenges of an evolving global landscape through TVET.

The first panel includes a youth focus group and a discussion on how teaching and learning processes can be optimized to prepare young people for a changing labour market. The second panel reflects on UNESCO’s Global Skills Academy and its work to scale up youth skills development as well as what more can be done to build employability, entrepreneurship, and resilience among youth.

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Read the event report

Launched on World Youth Skills Day 2020 in response to COVID-19, UNESCO's Global Skills Academy (GSA) mobilizes resources and programmes to help learners develop skills and competencies for employability and resilience. Despite the end of the pandemic, there are still over 267 million young people aged 15-24 who are not engaged in any form of employment, education or training. To address this, the GSA adopted a scale-up initiative under the new UNESCO Strategy for TVET 2022-2029 and aims to support 10 million learners by 2029.

More info on the GSA

Skilling teachers, trainers and youth for a transformative future

To celebrate World Youth Skills Day 2023, the Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka to the United Nations, in collaboration with UNESCO, the ILO and the Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth, convened a panel discussion with Member States, young experts, social partners, teachers and educators, and other stakeholders.

Watch the recording

TVET Youth Voices

As part of our World Youth Skills Day celebrations, we asked young people to share their perspective on three questions:

  • What is the best way for TVET teachers and trainers to help students acquire the skills they need for the future of work?
  • What motivated you to enrol in a TVET programme and what is your message to young people who are thinking of doing the same?
  • What can decision-makers do to support youth employment, skills development and entrepreneurship?

View the full videos on the UNEVOC YouTube Channel.

Skills in Action Photo Competition 2023

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! This year's theme is Skilling youth for the future.

Photos should highlight the innovative aspects of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and showcase how TVET is equipping young people with skills for a sustainable future.

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2023



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