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August 10, 2017

How digital skills can advance decent jobs for youth

By ITU News

International Youth Day is August 12, 2017. This article is one of a series this week dedicated to how information and communication technologies (ICTs) can improve the lives of young people worldwide.

At least 2 million computing-related job openings are estimated to be available globally by 2020, but digital workplace skills are not keeping up with the demands of a constantly growing ICT sector.

At the same time, youth unemployment numbers have been on the rise. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that the 13.1 per cent global youth unemployment rate of 2016 is expected to remain at that level through 2017. These numbers are up slightly from 12.9 per cent in 2015.

As a part of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, ILO and ITU have launched the Digital Skills for Decent Jobs Campaign in order to foster decent and inclusive employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for youth. ITU and ILO plan to bring digital skills training to five million young people around the world by 2030 to equip them with job-ready, transferable digital skills.

Coding bootcamps are a new approach to teach relevant skills that touch every industry in an intense and accelerated format…

Innovative solutions for youth employment

Training in- and out-of-school youth with basic and advanced digital skills promises to connect young people with unprecedented job opportunities in the digital economy, leading to innovation, higher productivity and competitiveness, expanding markets, access to work and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The digital skills needed to succeed in the digital economy include both basic and advanced digital skills, soft skills as well as skills related to digital entrepreneurship.

Coding Bootcamps: Opening new job opportunities for youth

Coding bootcamps are a new approach to teach relevant skills that touch every industry in an intense and accelerated format, and ITU is actively promoting this new model of providing skills and training to access employment opportunities for youth and women.

Radically different from traditional teaching methods, bootcamps have shown demonstrated success in helping graduates gain employment in North America and the UK, and is showing promise for developing countries as well.

ITU currently promotes bootcamp courses in 2 broad categories: Operator courses that are aimed at helping entrepreneurs/ training providers/ businesses and Faculty Directors to establish boot camp operations; and Trainer Courses, aimed at trainers/teachers/lecturers to help individuals facilitate boot camp courses and network with education peers in the boot camp environment.

For more information on coding bootcamps, see the ITU Digital Inclusion Report: Coding bootcamps: a strategy for youth employment in developing countries.

If you’re interested in learning more about organizing these trainings in your own national environment, please contact the ITU Special Initiatives Division at itu.specialinitiativesbdt@itu.int

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