The United Nations General Assembly has decided to celebrate the first World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) on 15 July 2015 to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.
Theme for 2015: Youth skills for work and life in the post-2015 agenda
This day is in line with the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030, which propose two goals on education and skills for employment:
- Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
- Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Events in India
On the occasion of the first ever World Youth Skills Day, the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) will launch the SKILL INDIA Campaign.
During the function, the Prime Minister will formally launch three programmes:
- National Skill Development Mission
- National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015
- Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana – PMKVY
National Skill Development Mission
- Under this scheme government has set a target for skilling 500 million persons by the year 2022.
- The objective is to fulfill the growing need for skilled manpower in the country, mainly by fostering private sector initiatives in skill development.
National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015
The objective of the National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015 will be to meet the challenge of skilling at scale with speed and standard (quality).
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana
- PMKVY is a demand-driven, reward-based skill training scheme will incentivise skill training, by providing financial rewards to candidates who successfully complete approved skill training programmes.
- It will skill 24 lakh youth, across India, over the next one year.
The launch of the Skill India Campaign is an important milestone towards achieving the objective of skilling with Speed, Scale and Standards across the country.