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World Youth Skills Day

The UN-designated World Youth Skills Day seeks to create greater awareness of, and discussion on, the importance of technical and vocational education and training, and the development of other skills relevant to both local and global economies. It is hoped that it will contribute to a reduction in unemployment and underemployment among youth across the globe. It will also highlight youth skills development to draw attention to the critical need for marketable skills.

Here on the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal, we aim to promote digital skills for the benefit of young people's educational and professional future in support of the day. According to the European Commission, it is estimated that there will be 756,000 unfilled vacancies for ICT professionals by 2020. Additionally, careers such as engineering, accountancy and medicine, among others, require increasing levels of digital skills. 
 
Several European initiatives tackle this issue, for example: 
  • The European Coding Initiative, or ‘all you need is {C<3DE}', brings together a wide array of stakeholders to promote coding and computational thinking at all levels of education, as well as in more informal settings.
  • The I-LINC platform is an online environment for networking; participation and learning that will focus on boosting the employability and entrepreneurship capacities of young people. The project benefits and gathers today existing platforms, networks and resources that are available on the topic of ICT (for) learning and inclusion. The project is also developing an active community of stakeholders in the field, while linking them to the main beneficiaries - young people.
  • The Insafe network of European Safer Internet Centres (SICs) recognises the need to promote the use of digital skills among children and young people, and to educate them in using new technologies safely and responsibly. A range of educational resources are available in the Better Internet for Kids resource gallery, in a variety of languages, fostering the knowledge of digital skills.
Find out more about World Youth Skills Day on the WordSkills website.
  • Type: Youth
  • Date:15/07/2016
  • Author:BIK team