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July 14, 2017

Digital skills: ITU and ILO launch global campaign to train 5 million youths

By Brahima Sanou

ITU and ILO have launched a joint “Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth Campaign” to train 5 million young people globally with job-ready digital skills by 2030. The goal of our campaign is to connect young women and men with the job opportunities offered by the digital economy.

The digital economy is creating job opportunities for those with digital skills. Estimates show there will be at least 10 million vacant jobs globally for people with advanced digital skills between now and 2030.

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The need for digital skills starts at the application process.  Many jobs are listed exclusively online. For this reason, there is need to train young people with more basic digital skills, including how to search and apply for jobs online, in order to open more job opportunities for them.

The reward for those who master digital skills is a growing number of career opportunities.

Moreover, training youth will benefit everybody, because when youth have decent jobs, we all prosper.

We all have a stake in preparing young people for a bright future.

The Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth campaign will address all the key issues to ensure that we empower young people with basic and advanced digital skills to work in all sectors. The campaign will engage with national governments, the private sector, training providers, Academia, non-governmental organizations as well as other members of the UN family  to train young people, offer special training programmes for young women and young entrepreneurs, and train teachers so that educational programmes can better prepare young people for the digital economy.  The campaign will also seek to strengthen collaboration between Ministries of ICT, Labour and Education.

Together we will succeed to connect young people with the unprecedented job opportunities in the digital economy and thereby contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Brahima Sanou
Mr. Brahima Sanou (@ITU_BDTDirector) was elected Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau by the Plenipotentiary Conference, 2010 in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was re-elected at the 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan, Republic of Korea in October 2014.
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Digital skills: ITU and ILO launch global campaign to train 5 million youths

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