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Why we must give young people today the skills they will need tomorrow

5 Minutes

“Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.” — Kofi Annan

In some countries 80% of the jobs young people are being prepared for may not exist when they graduate and Uupp to half of the world’s jobs –  around two billion –  are at high risk of disappearing due to automation in the coming decades. 

That will radically alter the demand for skills.

On current trends, half of the world’s children – more than 800 million of them – will leave school without the skills needed to find a job in 2030. 

That will have huge implications for countries, communities and families.  

The way we work – as well as live and relate to other people – is fundamentally changing, according to Professor Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

In his influential book The Fourth Industrial Revolution, he says new technologies will impact every aspect of our lives.

“The changes are so profound that, from the perspective of human history, there has never been a time of greater promise or potential peril,” he writes in the introduction. 

Schwab says the world has the chance to connect billions of people, dramatically improve the efficiency of organisations and manage assets in ways that can help regenerate the natural environment.

On the other hand, organisations might not adapt, governments could fail to employ and regulate new technologies, inequality could grow and societies fragment.

At Skillit, we are committed to working alongside others to close the global youth skills gap and provide young people with the skills needed to solve the problems they and their communities face. By donating back 1% of our revenue to buy skills from our Makers to donate to young people who otherwise might not have access, we are creating a world of youth who are ready for the future. 

We believes that every young adult should have access to skills development and as the world changes at breakneck speed, the need for young people to acquire the skills today for the workplace of tomorrow is absolutely vital.

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