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At an event celebrating World Youth Skills Day 2023, the Global Skills Academy – one of the three flagship missions of UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition – took stock of its support to over 839,000 learners across more than 60 countries to develop skills for employment, three years since it was launched.
With 24 Global Education Coalition members from the private sector, international organizations, and foundations, the Global Skills Academy (GSA) continues to grow as it marks its third anniversary. HP Life and SkillED have both pledged commitment to the mission and another new member, Aleph Group, is offering no-cost training in digital marketing and advertising. The GSA’s goal is to help 10 million learners build skills for employability and resilience by 2029, as part of UNESCO TVET Strategy for 2022-2029.
Today, 267 million young people aged 15-24 are still not engaged in any form of employment, education, or training.
The hybrid event, which took place on 14 July, was co-organized by UNEVOC and World Skills. Policy-makers, members of the Global Education Coalition, and youth leaders came together to discuss the role of skilled young people in creating a more sustainable future and what more can be done to build employability, entrepreneurship, and resilience for youth.
Examples of GSA initiatives
Several examples of the Global Skills Academy initiatives were presented during the event. KPMG’s new mentorship initiative launched in 2023 supports young graduates entering the labour market in India. Participating staff were paired up with 100 young people from the National Skill Development Council of India (NSDC) to help get them ‘job ready’.
“The programme improved my practical skills, like resume building, email writing, and communication proficiency,” said Navya Rawal who joined as a mentee. “My mentor helped me in identifying my skills, my strengths, my weaknesses – allowing me to focus on areas for improvement. She has played a crucial role in boosting my confidence.”
Navya credits the programme with helping her land her current role as NSDC. “I believe that the success of any nation lies in the hands of youth, however young people today face challenges in securing employment opportunities because they lack practical skills,” she said.
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