The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have announced at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2017 to train five million young people globally by 2030.
The “Digital Skills for Decent Jobs Campaign” is part of the “Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth”, the first-ever, comprehensive United Nations system-wide effort for the promotion of youth employment worldwide.
“ITU is proud to be one of the founding members of the ‘Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth’,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.
“The ‘Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth Campaign’ seeks to encourage the global community to provide youth worldwide with digital skills training in order to foster decent and inclusive employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Acquiring digital skills is crucial for young job seekers worldwide as it can lead to higher salaries and better employment conditions,” added Zhao.
Brahima Sanou, Director, ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) said, “Digital skills will connect young people with unprecedented job opportunities and contribute to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. Estimates show there will be at least 10 million vacant jobs globally for people with advanced digital skills between now and 2030.”
The campaign will engage with governments, the private sector and other stakeholders in the information and communication technology sector to realize commitments to train young men and women in basic and advanced digital skills. The campaign will also encourage widespread sharing of data on job openings for youth with digital skills, and help to identify training programmes and resource mobilization opportunities.