The theme of this year’s World Youth Skills Day, is “Skills for the Future of Work”.

Investing in the employment of young people means investing in the present and future of our societies. With improved education outcomes, relevant skills and competencies, and access to decent jobs, youth can help accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, fostering a prosperous, sustainable and equitable socio-economic environment for all.

Today, decent jobs are not a reasonable prospect for many young women and men. More than 71 million young people are unemployed – with around 40 per cent of the world’s active youth population either unemployed or living in poverty despite being employed.

Whilst a lot needs to be done to close this gap – like changes in education policy and ensuring workers’ rights and protections – there are also an increasing number of resources available for skills development.

Check out 5 ways you can polish your skills!




Codecademy is an interactive online platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS




Memrise is a language learning app which specialises in combining memory techniques and entertaining content in order to make language learning fun!


SDG Academy:

SDG Academy provides free, high-quality content from a global faculty of experts in the field of sustainable development. 


Khan Academy:

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard so that you can study at your own pace for subjects like maths, science, computer programming, history, economics, and more!



Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online. 

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