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World Youth Skills Day- Skilling youth for a transformative future

World Youth Skills Day- Skilling youth for a transformative future
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By: M Ahmad

The youth encounter numerous obstacles in today’s environment of rapid change in terms of securing a promising future. Young people face many challenges, including underemployment, unemployment and a lack of possibilities. The process of acquiring new talents or enhancing existing ones is referred to as skill development.

On-the-job training, apprenticeships, formal schooling and vocational training are all included. The importance of skill development cannot be overstated because it not only helps people find better career prospects but also advances the nation’s economy. For young people, skill development has several advantages.

First off, it makes people more employable. Employers want employees to have up-to-date skills as technology develops and job requirements change. Those with modernized skills are in great demand and are more likely to land better jobs and earn more money. Second, skill development aids in a person’s independence.

It gives people the opportunity to launch their own firms or become entrepreneurs, boosting the economy. To ensure that people have the abilities needed to succeed in self-employment and entrepreneurship, skill development is crucial in light of these trends’ rising popularity. Thirdly, changing occupations might be facilitated by skill improvement. People are likely to change their occupations multiple times throughout their lives in the competitive job market of today.

Individuals can change their job paths by using skill development to help them learn new information and abilities. In the globalized world, soft skills are becoming more and more important for successful employment of young people, including skills such as ability to learn and adapt, listen and communicate effectively, think creatively, solve problems, work in teams, lead and follow supervision effectively.

These skills are important both for the employers to manage work processes effectively, and for the young people themselves to secure a job, retain employment and move flexibly in the labour market as well as engage in lifelong learning. The development of skills requires significant contributions from the public and private sectors as well as from educational institutions.

The government can finance training initiatives and offer rewards to businesses that make skill-development investments. Companies in the private sector can design apprenticeships and training programs to aid people in learning new skills. With the provision of courses that are applicable to the labour market, educational institutions can also significantly contribute to the development of skills.

Skill training is designed to provide employees with the targeted training they need to gain the knowledge and abilities necessary to fulfill the specific requirements of their job positions. Skills training can also be used to re-educate and retrain employees whenever new technology, processes or systems debut. In addition to skills training for employees, there are also special training programs for new graduates who are just getting started in the workplace.

Such training can be especially beneficial for jobs that require applicants to have experience. Additional specialized training programs include those for disabled veterans, workers’ compensation clients and vocational rehabilitation. Schooling and degree are not enough to guarantee employment but skills do. Skill development can help us in putting an end to the widespread unemployment. Learning new skills is so important because it ensures that you stay employable in today’s world.”

In conclusion, skill development is crucial for young people’s future. It holds the key to increased entrepreneurship, greater employment prospects, and economic progress. To ensure that people have the abilities and information needed to succeed in the dynamic job market, governments, private businesses, and educational institutions must work together. We can give our young and our nation a better future by investing in skill development.

Education needs to aim to do more than prepare young people for the world of work; it needs to equip students with the skills they need to become active, responsible and engaged citizens.

On World Youth Skills Day, let us unite in recognizing the potential of young people as catalysts for change and commit to providing them with the skills and opportunities they need to build a prosperous and sustainable world for all. Together, we can shape a brighter future where no young person is left behind.

“The more we give importance to skill development. The more competent will be our youth.” …………………………..NarendraModi

(The author is an educationist and contributes to ‘Kashmir Vision’ on a regular basis)

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