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ILO-ITU Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth Campaign to train 5 million youth with job-ready digital skills

ILO and ITU are leading the Digital Skills for Decent Jobs Campaign as part of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth in order to foster decent and inclusive employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in line with the Sustainable Development Goals. Training in- and out-of-school youth with basic and advanced digital skills promises to connect young people with unprecedented job opportunities in the digital economy, leading to innovation, higher productivity and competitiveness, expanding markets, access to work and entrepreneurship opportunities. The digital skills needed to succeed in the digital economy include:

  • Advanced digital skills: related to technology development such as coding, software and app development, network management, machine learning, big data analysis, IoT, cybersecurity or blockchain technology;
  • Basic digital skills: related to the effective use of technology, necessary in most professions. They include web research, online communication, use of professional online platforms and digital financial services;
  • Soft skills: skills necessary to all professionals to ensure collaborative and effective work in the digital economy. They include leadership, communication and teamwork skills, client-orientation, among others.
  • Digital entrepreneurship: digital skills required by entrepreneurs, including online market research, strategic planning and business analysis, using financing and crowdfunding platforms, online marketing, and online networking and establishing mentoring relationships 


    • Bring digital skills training to five million young people around the world  by 2030 to equip them with job-ready, transferable digital skills;  
    • Encourage the creation of new job opportunities in order to integrate more young women and men in the labour market and help digital economies flourish;
    • Promote an enabling environment where youth can seize the employment and entrepreneurship opportunities offered by the growing digital economy.  

Ways to contribute

​​Ministers of ICT, Labour and Education, national governments, the private sector, training providers, Academia, NGOs, other members of the UN family as well as other interested parties are actively encouraged to participate:

  • Organize digital skills development programmes for youth (e.g. coding bootcamps or mobile apps development trainings);
  • Run special basic or advanced digital skills development programmes for young women;
  • Train young entrepreneurs on how to use ICTs to grow their businesses and learn the business, technical and soft skills they need as digital entrepreneurs;
  • Include digital skills training in apprenticeships and educational and professional development programmes across sectors;
  • Train education providers how to adapt school curricula and incentivize professional development, entrepreneurship activities, on-the-job learning and job insertion of youth; and
  • Provide financial support to existing digital skills development programmes or the creation of new ones.