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Celebrating World Youth Skills Day - July 15th

07/15/2017 12:44 PM
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World Youth Skills Day 2017!

Today is World Youth Skills Day 2017!

July 15th was designated World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) in 2014 by the United Nations General Assembly, but was first celebrated in 2015. 

It was established for the following reasons:

  1.  Due to concerns about the high number of unemployed youth, estimated globally at 74.5 million in 2013, with the majority living in the developing countries
  2. To raise awareness among Member States which have an important role in meeting the needs and aspirations of youth, particularly in developing countries, and
  3. To recognise that the fostering of the acquisition of skills by youth would enhance young people's ability to make informed choices with regard to life and work and empower them to gain access to changing labour markets.

WorldSkills International, the global hub for Skills Excellence and Development, has since partnered with UNESCO-UNEVOC to encourage countries around the world, and its own members, to observe World Youth Skills Day by hosting special events/activities to mark the occasion.

The TVET Council is Barbados’ representative at WorldSkills International. Therefore, as part of WYSD activities, the TVET Council will host a livestream panel discussion on Friday, July 21st at 8 p.m. on its Facebook pages: WorldSkills Barbados and the TVET Council Barbados. ( or

The theme of the discussion is Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) - The way Forward. The four member-panel will be:

  1. Henderson Eastmond, Executive Director, TVET Council (TVETC)
  2. Brittany Brathwaite, Barbados Employers Confederation (BEC)
  3. Akel Bailey, Barbados’ representative to the International TVET Youth Forum
  4. Kareem Payne, Youth Agri-preneurship Incubator Programme.

The moderator will be Meshia Clarke of the  Barbados Renewable Energy Association (BREA).

Join us on Facebook as we discuss TVET - The way forward. The topics will include:

  1. How can skills be the driving force of innovation?
  2. How can we adapt to a start-up culture?
  3. How can we develop an entrepreneurial mindset?
  4. How can we best integrate ‘greening’ with technical and vocational education and training (TVET)?

Be part of the worldwide discussion on how to make skills development and excellence part of the converation for improving Barbados' education system to meet the needs of a 21st century economy and workforce. (PR/TVET Council Barbados)