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Celebrating World Youth Skills Day

Details: Written by Eleanor Lodge |

World Youth Skills Day is a national day established by The United Nations in 2014, recognising the importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

Today’s celebrations provide a unique opportunity for conversations between young people, educators, employers’ and policy-makers, generating awareness around the importance of technical and vocational education and training and development.

With recent research revealing that students who continue to study post 18 are on average £130,000 (men) and £100,000 (women) better off over their working lifetime, the role of education and cultivating career progression pathways in youth is key, arming young people with skills for future success and ensuring a strong and competitive economy.

Now, amid Covid-19 catchup and widespread socio-political instability, educators across the country must continue to collaborate in a concerted effort to drive the skills and education agenda, empowering young people across the nation to up-skill now, establishing key skills for the future.