World Youth Skills Day 2022: India is home to one fifth of the world’s youth population and has the largest youth workforce globally. They are considered as the most important and dynamic segment of the population.
In order to focus and celebrate the strategic importance of equipping youth with the skills for employability, good jobs and entrepreneurship, the United Nations in 2014 declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day.
impact of covid-19 on youth
The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have affected all aspects of our social and economic life. Undoubtedly, the effects of the pandemic were having a devastating impact on millions of people and businesses as well. However, it was the youth who were most vulnerable to the social changes being witnessed as a result of the virus.
Young professionals found it difficult to enter the workforce due to lack of appropriate skills and experience in the job market. Lack of skills is the main reason for the increase in the number of unemployed professionals among the youth. The skilling, upskilling and training of youth for 21st century employability skills and abilities will help create a skilled workforce that can contribute to socio-economic development. They should be trained in real time market oriented skills like soft skills, communication skills, technical skills rather than specific skills taught in isolation.
importance of skill
With rapid technological advancements and introduction of new technologies in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, job roles are changing at a rapid pace. Therefore, it is important to skill, upskill and reskill the current group of young professionals to cope with the changing dynamics of the work culture and industry.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the livelihoods of millions of people across the world, dealing a huge blow to training, skill development and education opportunities for the youth, who have been hit hardest, financially. However, technology proved to be a great enabler at such times as digital platforms enabled students to learn online, entrepreneurs to engage in their businesses and professionals to work online. Harshada Sarode, Human Resource Manager at Playerzpot said, The Animation, Visual Effects, Comics and Gaming (AVCG) sector has received a major boost as the youth pick up on new skills at a single click.
Going forward, the post-pandemic era will require immense creativity and resilience. It is important for graduate students, working youth, to hone their skills in a range of technologies. It is great to see how governments and businesses are now increasingly investing in digital skill development to help youth stay ahead of the curve for a better future.
Employees ready to acquire new skills
According to a survey by Hirect India, a chat-based direct hiring platform for startups and SMEs, the business landscape is changing due to the digitization process and continuous change in technology prowess. The survey revealed that about 44 percent of employees are ready to acquire new skills and adapt to new situations. Additionally, the survey revealed that the younger generation is more receptive to acquiring new skills online. This implies that the new workforce, which is entering the corporate world, wants to learn and grow with new skills.
Raj Das, Global Co-Founder and CEO, Hirect India, said that employees are receptive to change and seek professional advancement. For this companies should strategize and design their learning and development programs which will help the employees and ultimately contribute to the growth of the firm.
Vidyamandir Classes (VMC) CBO Abhishek Sharma said that the digitally savvy population will soon form the new digital workforce. “To help young people integrate smoothly into the workforce, skill development is an important strategy.”