To recognise World Youth Skills Day, tell us how learning a skill changed your life!

World Youth Skills Day is held each year on the 15 July, to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development,

Education, skills and jobs are rated high in people's priorities for development. In the global My World 2015 Survey, young people up to the age of 30 across all regions and education levels rated education as their number one priority, with better job opportunities being the third priority. Yet globally,

  1. youth represent 25% of the total working age population but make up 40% of the unemployed (ILO, FAO, 2013).

  2. almost 74 million young people (aged 15 to 24) were looking for work in 2014 (ILO, 2015).

  3. two thirds of youth in developing economies are without work, not studying, or engaged in irregular or informal employment (UNDP, 2014).

  4. never before have there been so many young people on the planet: 1.8 billion people are aged 10 to 24 (UNFPA, 2014).

  5. the working-age population is poised to more than double in the least-developed countries, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa between 2015 and 2050 (UNFPA, 2014).

  6. the youth unemployment situation is common to all regions in the world and is happening despite improvements in average educational attainment (ILO, 2015).

Skilling people through relevant and good-quality vocational education is seen as a factor that can really make a difference in the global youth employment crisis.

Access to affordable quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) can equip young people with the skills required to access the world of work, including skills for self-employment. TVET can also improve responsiveness to changing skill-demands by companies and communities, increase productivity and increase wage levels. TVET can reduce access barriers to the world of work, for example through work-based learning, and ensuring that skills gained are recognised and certified. TVET can also offer skills development opportunities for low-skilled people who are under- or unemployed, out of school youth and individuals not in education, employment and training (NEETs).

#SkillsChangeLives supports Insight's belief that everyone should have the opportunity to discover and develop their talents. Through skills individuals, communities, and countries can create a more prosperous future.


What is the deadline?

Please get your story to us by the end of July 2018

Is there a word length?

Try to keep your story below 500 words

Can I include a photograph?

Please do. We would appreciate a photo showing you and your TVET skills in action.

Where can I find more information on World Youth Skills Day?

More information on WYSD can be found by clicking here.

Where can I find more information on Insight Media and Communications?

You can find out all about us by clicking here.

Who is JobSearch?

JobSearch is Sierra Leone's leading human resources and recruitment firm, providing clients in Sierra Leone and the sub-region with Human Resources advice and skilled staff, and helping prepare job seekers for their dream job.

JobSearch is committed to assisting build Sierra Leone's human resources capacity, and meeting the ever changing needs of the business and not for profit community. For more information click here.

Where can I find more information on TVET in Sierra Leone?

Visit the TVET Coalition's website by clicking here.

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