WTDC-17: Digital skills for youth employment in the digital economy
Beyond having access to technology devices and infrastructure for connectivity, digital skills are recognized to be essential for people to leverage the real benefits of ICTs. In today’s knowledge society it has become of great relevance for everyone to know how to use technology for performing daily tasks, accessing public services and becoming competitive to participate in the labor market.
Over 10 million well-paid jobs are going unfilled worldwide because they require advanced digital skills in areas such as big data, programming, cybersecurity and internet of things. In view ofthe current youth employment crisis, providing youth with advanced digital skills will enable them to access better opportunities for their future by ensuring they can benefit from these employment opportunities. In this context, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) launched this year the Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth campaign to train 5 million youth with job-ready transferable digital skills.
Last Wednesday October 11, 2017, at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-17) in Argentina, the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) organized a panel discussion to share the latest developments, trends and best practices in this area. Participants included ITU and ILO which presented the aforementioned campaign, the European Commission, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology of Kenya, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and the Ceibal Foundation.