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Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth
Description/achievement of initiative

Digital Skills Thematic Priority ITU, together with ILO, is leading the Digital Skills Thematic Priority of Decent Jobs for Youth. The Digital Skills Thematic Plan takes a two-pronged approach, including in-country action and the joint ITU-ILO Digital Skills for Jobs Campaign. ITU contributed the Digital Skills Toolkit as a knowledge resource of Decent Jobs for Youth.  Available in six United Nations languages, the Toolkit supports stakeholders in building their digital skills development strategies.  ITU continuously raises visibility for the importance of the Digital Skills Thematic Priority and is supporting countries in their digital skills implementation efforts.   

Implementation methodologies

ITU will provide support in implementing this campaign through advocacy at relevant international, regional and country events and conferences, social media and online outreach to incentivize a range of stakeholders to train in-and out-of-school youth, offer special training programmes for young women and young entrepreneurs, and train teachers so that educational programmes better prepare young people for the digital economy. ITU advocacy will also provide policy guidelines and tools to countries and related stakeholders, share best practices and online resources to support countries and stakeholders to develop their job-ready digital skills training programmes and policies. ITU and ILO will work together to foster collaboration between ICT, Labour and Education Ministers to ensure that Digital Skills for Youth Employment activities are conducted closely with national governments, the private sector, training providers, Academia, NGOs as well as other members of the UN family, including through regular meetings organized by the two UN agencies. Both agencies will raise awareness about the Digital Skills Campaign including through their online platforms, social media outreach as well as the flagship events, meetings and related national and global events in which they participate. The agencies will track related results including the numbers of stakeholders whose awareness was raised on policy guidelines, tools and best practices as well as the number of stakeholders making commitments to contribute to the Digital Skills Campaign.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


International Telecommunications Union (ITU); International Labour Organization (ILO)
Progress reports
Goal 4
4.3 - By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
Goal 5
5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
Goal 8
8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
Goal 17
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
12 / 2018
1 knowledge products on youth employment developed
12 / 2030
5,000,000 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills
12 / 2030
30 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items
12 / 2030
100 knowledge products on youth employment developed
8 / 2019
National strategies for youth employment supported in their development or operationalization in 1 country (Cambodia)
Staff / Technical expertise
Staff / Technical expertise
ITU staff with communications, social media, web and graphic design expertise to provide communications outreach, including press and social media.
Staff / Technical expertise
ITU staff with research expertise to collect and share best practices on digital skills training for youth.
Staff / Technical expertise
Promotion of best practices on the ITU Digital Inclusion Newslog (http://digitalinclusionnewslog.itu.int/), the ITU Twitter account, and the ITU website

Basic information
Time-frame: 2017-06-14 - 2030-12-31
International Telecommunications Union (ITU); International Labour Organization (ILO)
Contact information
Halima Lemato, NA, halima.letamo@itu.int
United Nations