UNESCO-UNEVOC follows the United Nations’ stride in celebrating the World Youth Skills Day every year on 15th July, and continues to call for increased prospects for the youth to gain access to quality training and skills development through TVET, globally.

Productive participation in the current and emerging dynamic labour markets have placed a unique focus on TVET as a critical source of responsively skilled human capital. Employment trends and outlooks signify that the youth of today need to functional competencies as well as higher order transversal skills that enable them to respond to continuing changes in the world of work. Amid a growing consensus in support of TVET’s potential to grapple with these challenges, a recurring issue has been its relative unattractiveness of vis‐à‐vis the academic education for students. Why do these views and attitudes persist?

Join UNESCO-UNEVOC on the World Youth Skills Day 2018, in its call for ‘’Improving the image of TVET’’ and build a shared understanding of its true prospects.

Celebrate WYSD on 15 July!

As part of this year’s WYSD observance, UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre is organizing:

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Virtual Conference

A virtual conference entitled “Improving the image of TVET: Making TVET attractive to youth” will be held tentatively from 13-25 July 2018 to tackle and discuss issues on how to improve the image of TVET among young people.

Click here to read more and sign up.

SkillsinAction Photo Competition

Are you a skilled photographer? Professionals or not, join our SkillsinAction Photo Contest! The competition is open for everyone who is 18 years old and above. We especially encourage students and young people to partake on this event using your skills.

Click here to read how to join!

Capture a winning photo showing skills in action and let everyone know how technical and vocational education and training (TVET) are contributing to:

  • Encouraging youth employment and entrepreneurship
  • Promoting equity and gender equality
  • Facilitating transition to sustainable economies and societies

The photographs should focus on highlighting examples and role models, such as students, junior workers, and young teachers/trainers, who are enabling the achievement of any of the above thematic priorities, and illustrate a better image of TVET.

The winners of the Skills in Action Photo Competition will win cash prizes along with certificates and their will also be featured on UNESCO-UNEVOC website and its social media platforms.

300 USD - First prize winner
200 USD - Second prize winner
100 USD - Third prize winner

Deadline for submissions is extended up to 15 August 2018, so grab your camera and find out how to send your pictures!


World Youth Skills Day poster
Download and print the poster to raise awareness about World Youth Skills Day in your area!

World Youth Skills Day Infographic
Why skilling up youth is important. Essentials on one page.
A new infographic is currently being developed.

Downloadable materials for UNEVOC Network Members
Click here to access the files from the Network Page, only accessible for UNEVOC Network members .


World Youth Skills Day has become an official (UN Day) starting from 2015 and raises awareness about the importance of youth skills development.

The need to campaign and promote World Youth Skills Day is more important than ever before. Despite the youth employment rate increasing compared to the previous year, the number of young people without a job remains over 10 per cent in many countries (OECD, 2016). Perhaps more alarming, the number of young people out-of-school and not in education, employment and training (NEETs) is increasing.

At the same time, young people are also faced with the question how they will address their country’s current and future challenges. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for a shift towards more sustainable and equitable economies and societies, which will no doubt result in changes in the world of work and education.

Mr Shyamal Majumdar, Head of UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre, explains what is World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) in a video made in 2017. The video is available in:



The UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre specializes in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). It assists UNESCO's member states to strengthen and upgrade their TVET systems with programmes and policies that are relevant, lifelong and accessible to all. Our aim is to promote learning for the world of work. We focus on three priority areas youth employment and entrepreneurship, equity and gender equality, and the transition to green economies and sustainable societies.