World Youth Skills Day: 15 July


World Youth Skills Day is organised globally on 15 July every year to increase awareness of the significance of investing in youth skills development. United Nations is observing the day with a special event facilitated by the UN Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi.

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Significance of Day:

  • World Youth Skills Day creates better employment opportunity for the youth.
  • It creates more awareness on training and the development of skills for the youth.
  • Identify the importance of youth skills development.
  • Giving youth the chance to contribute to their communities’, countries’ and international workable development.

2016 Theme: “Skills Development to Improve Youth Employment”.

  • Event co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal to the UN along with UNESCO and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
  • On the occasion of World Youth Skill Day, India’s President Pranab Mukherjee inducted the first edition of India Skills Competition.
  • This competition celebrates as a first anniversary of Union Ministry of Skill Development.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched National Skill Development Mission to create union across sectors and states in terms of skill training activities.

Background Details:

  • The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) designated the World Youth Skills Day in November 2014 to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.
  • As per a recent International Labour Organization (ILO) publication 73.4 million young people were estimated to be unemployed in 2015 (13.1 % youth unemployment rate).
  • This figure is expected to increase in most regions by 2017.
  • One reason for youth unemployment is basic unemployment and gap between the skills that workers in the economy.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 18, 2016