World Youth Skills Day 2021

07/17/2021 04:20 PM
WorldSkills Barbados News
TVET is where academic education meets practical learning to better prepare individuals for work!

DID YOU KNOW young people aged 15-24 have been even more severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis than adults?

Globally, youth employment fell by 8.7 per cent in 2020, compared with 3.7 per cent for adults. Young women have been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to young men.

Prior to the crisis, 22 per cent of young people were not in employment, education or training (NEET), one in seven young men and one in three young women. The decline in employment caused by the COVID-19 crisis has not been compensated by returns to education and training. Hence, the NEET rate has risen in many countries and remains higher than before the crisis.

It is for this reason that the discipline of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is considered to be very important and deserving of special focus. TVET is where academic education meets practical learning to better prepare individuals for work – whether careers, occupations or self-employment. That is why, in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared July 15 as World Youth Skills Day, to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship.

World Youth Skills Day 2021 celebrated the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis. Under the theme Reimagining Youth Skills Post Pandemic, countries around the world focused on how TVET systems have adapted to the pandemic and recession, examined how those systems could participate in the recovery, and imagined priorities they should adopt for the post-COVID-19 world.

To mark the occasion WorldSkills Barbados launched its six-part podcast series Let’s Talk Skills which features young people discussing their concerns and issues related to skills development and the discipline of TVET.

In Episode 1, moderator Annastacia Bernard and three young, skilled professionals, Danny Mayers, Kristina Patrick and Peabo Sampson explored “What’s Your Skill?” in keeping with this year's theme for World Youth Skills Day - July 15 - which was observed by WorldSkills International and consequently WorldSkills Barbados.

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