World Youth Skills Day

Global Conversation on: "Reimagining Youth Skills Post Pandemic"

15. Jul 2021 - 15. Jul 2021

Zurich, Global

UNESCO-UNEVOC, Permanent Missions Sri Lanka and Portugal, UN, Office of the Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, ILO

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About the Event



UNESCO-UNEVOC - In 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship. Since then, World Youth Skills Day events have provided a unique opportunity for dialogue between young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers’ and workers’ organizations, policymakers and development partners.

World Youth Skills Day 2021 will take place in a challenging context, with the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the widespread disruption of the TVET sector. While vaccination rollouts offer some hope, TVET still has a long road to recovery, especially in those countries which continue to be overwhelmed by the spread of the disease. Youth skills development will face a range of unfamiliar problems emerging from a crisis where training has been disrupted in an unprecedented manner on a virtually universal scale.

Young people aged 15-24 are particularly exposed to the socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. School and workplace closures are leading to learning and training losses. Major life-cycle transitions are made difficult if not impossible, including graduation from general education or TVET at secondary or tertiary level, residential autonomy, and labour market insertion.

TVET has a key role to play in fostering the resilience of young people. It is crucial for all stakeholders to ensure the continuity of skills development and to introduce training programmes to bridge skills gaps. Solutions need to be reimagined in a way that considers not only the realities of the present, but also the full range of possibilities for the future.


World Youth Skills Day 2021 will celebrate the resilience and creativity of youth throughout the crisis. A virtual event, organized by the Permanent Missions of Sri Lanka and Portugal to the UN, the Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, UNESCO and ILO, will offer an opportunity to reflect on skills that are needed today and for the future. Participants will take stock of how the TVET sector has adapted to the pandemic and recession, think of how TVET institutions can participate in the recovery, and imagine priorities they should adopt for the post-COVID-19 world.

Participants will take stock of how TVET systems have adapted to the pandemic and recession, think of how those systems can participate in the recovery, and imagine priorities they should adopt for the post-COVID-19-world. A first interactive panel will discuss skills that are need today and skills that will be need in the future, and a second panel will reflect on TVET stakeholder partnerships for scaling up youth skills development.

The objectives of the World Youth Skills Day 2021 are therefore to:

• Assess the situation of young people regarding skills and work during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; learn how they have been living through the crisis; highlight success stories of youth innovation and resilience;
• Debate on prospects for skills development and the world of work as economies recover, and on the effectiveness of national recovery plans and support from development partners.
• Reflect on how TVET stakeholders can collaborate to scale up skills development and help reconcile the short-term need for economic recovery with the urgent need for accelerating the transition to sustainable development.



The COVID-19 pandemic has reached a scale that could hardly have been anticipated one year ago. As young people continue to showcase their resilience during this crisis, UNESCO-UNEVOC is calling on TVET youth to share videos of which skills they think will be most important in the post-pandemic era. These stories will be featured in a global campaign to mark World Youth Skills Day on 15 July.

Tips on how to share your testimony with UNESCO-UNEVOC

Remember to say your name, age, profile (e.g. student, TVET apprentice, newly graduated), institution and country.

Questions for young people:

  • What skills/work do you wish to acquire for the future?
  • What skills do you think will be most important in the post-pandemic era and why?
  • What is your message to decision makers in your country to support youth employment, skills development and entrepreneurship?

Tips for recording your video (60 seconds maximum)

1. Record in a well-lit place.

2. Test the sound. Film for a few seconds and listen to the video to make sure the sound is good. Make sure there are no noises around you or other people speaking at the same time.

3. The video will be cut to a square (1:1) format. Whether you film horizontally or vertically, make sure that the person speaking is always in the centre of the frame.

Share your video

Share your video on your social media account with the hashtags #WYSD2021. Be sure to tag UNESCO on FacebookTwitter and Instagram when you post your video. UNESCO will need your consent to use your video on their website and YouTube channel. Please fill in and sign the consent form and send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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