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World Youth Skills Day

WorldSkills is proud to celebrate World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on 15 July 2017!

WorldSkills will join the organizations of the United Nations and other international and regional organizations, to raise awareness on the role of youth to improve the world through the power of skills. 

Join us by hosting a local event, online campaign, or programme that puts the spotlight on the increasing need to prioritize the development of youth acquiring skills that make the most of their talents, contribute to their community, and encourages them to pursue excellence.

2016 Events

In 2016, World Youth Skills Day built on the success of 2015, with higher levels of engagement with Members, partners, and supporters. The WorldSkills Campaign #SkillsRuleTheWorld was used in a photo campaign and various WorldSkills activities, but was also used by other organizations, including to promote the day.

Highlights included:

UNESCO – Bonn, Germany

In Bonn, Germany, WorldSkills Champions, a WorldSkills Board Member, and Secretariat representatives attended the World Youth Skills Day 2016 UNESCO TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Forum “Looking Ahead: Inspiring and Empowering Youth through Skills Development”.

Three WorldSkills Champions, Barthélémy Deutsch of Belgium, Anna Prokopenya of Russia, and Karin Fischnaller of Italy, as well as Jos de Goey, WorldSkills Board of Directors Vice President for Strategic Affairs, spoke at the forum. Some segments of the forum are available here.

The forum was the official launch of the newly adopted UNESCO Strategy for TVET (2016-2021). The strategy will guide UNESCO’s TVET activities towards three focus areas, fostering youth employment and entrepreneurship, promoting equity and gender equality, and facilitating transition to green economies and sustainable societies.


WorldSkills – Zambia and Namibia

Champions Trust representative for Africa, Tayla Schou, Simon Bartley, President of WorldSkills, San-Quie Lin, Vice President for Special Affairs for WorldSkills, were in Zambia and Namibia the weeks surrounding WYSD meeting with TVET leaders, participating in a TVET Conference, and taking in a Try-a-Skill and Career Exploration Carnival.

"What an amazing event to be part of! When I marched down the main roads of Lusaka, led by a marching band, and hundreds of eager school children,” said Tayla. "The local colleges hosted Try-a-Skills for school children, and to say it was a great success would be an understatement!"


Community plumbing Challenge – Diepsloot, South Africa

Global Partner, IAPMO (International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials) – in partnership with the World Plumbing Council and Healthabitat – lead a project to convert defunct communal toilets into effective and sustainable solutions 9-15 July 2016.

Teams representing Australia, India, United States of America, and South Africa collaborated with the Water, Amenities and Sanitation Services Upgrade Programme (WASSUP) Diepsloot – plus other local talent to share perspectives, skills, and insights.

Another Global Partner, Autodesk was involved in the project providing design expertise and Fusion 360 software. Leading up to WYSD, Autodesk hosted a training program of Fusion 360 to young people in Diepsloot, South Africa in preparation for the Fusion Design Hub Challenge. The plumbing teams worked alongside Autodesk student design experts from the University of Johannesburg, Wits University, and young designers from the Diepsloot community.

Champions Caiti Ward, Graphic Design Technology, and Thabiso Mohale, Autobody Repair from South Africa developed social media posts throughout the week sharing the project and their perspective with the WorldSkills community. The Community Plumbing Challenge is an impressive undertaking that WorldSkills is proud to support.