In June 2017, ITU and ILO launched a joint Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth Campaign, which aims to mobilize the political will and resources to equip five million young men and women with job-ready digital skills by 2030 in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As part of this campaign, ITU, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and other international agencies have convened governments and other stakeholders to set a global agenda to fill the digital skills gap. ITU's Digital skills toolkit, which provides recommendations for governments to design national digital skills development strategies for the work and life of all citizens in the growing digital economy, forms part of ITU's support to the campaign.
In addition, ITU's report Coding bootcamps: a strategy for youth employment provides policy-makers with recommendations on implementing this training model to address youth unemployment. Coding bootcamps are innovative three-to-six month intensive in-person training courses, where students learn programming foundations and then practice what they have learned in project-based exercises that aim to simulate the everyday work environment.
ITU also hosts hackathons, which are competitive events aimed at bringing together computer experts and young people to learn new computer programming skills and create software.
Job creation and entrepreneurship
ITU encourages the creation of new job opportunities to integrate more young women and men in the labour market and help digital economies flourish.
ITU's report Digital opportunities: innovative ICT solutions for youth employment advises policy-makers on ways they can ensure that youth are included in the digital job market.
ITU also works with partners to build an enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship. Every year at the ITU Telecom World event, ITU supports the success of innovators throughout the world. ITU Telecom World Awards recognize the most innovative and successful ICT-based small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working to provide social impact.
To help young job seekers and entrepreneurs gain employment or start a business, ITU has collected resources including but not limited to training opportunities, contests, networking events, hubs, mentoring networks and job-matching services.
Here are a few examples of digital inclusion of youth in action:
Last update: February 2019