World Youth Skills Day reinforces the importance of training

World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) takes place every year on July 15th. This is a day to inspire young people and a day to develop a passion for learning skills and pursuing excellence. 

Education and skills are key to success for tomorrow’s workforce – and in particular girls. For WYSD, Sahara Hub os encouraging every private sector companies to support and promote training for vulnerable groups especially women and youth.

As an organization, we understand that young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults and continuously face the challenges of greater labour market inequalities. This is why we invest in vocational skills training across the Sahara Group host communities around Africa.

In Lagos, Nigeria, we upgraded two vocational centres in Oshodi and Surulere to provide fashion and catering skills to 2,000 people. Our Grooming Film Entrepreneurs initiative provided mentoring to budding filmmakers with the best in the Nigeria movie industry. More than 10,000 secondary school girls benefited from our filmmakers class across five countries in Africa to boost gender equality and empower girls to develop a passion for film making.

We advocate for skills as an important factor to improve young people’s transitions to decent work and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing today’s most challenging global issues.