An online poll of 40,000 young people in over 150 countries reveals that many young people feel their current education is not preparing them with the skills they need to get jobs. One third (31%) of the young people responding via the UNICEF engagement platform U-Report say that the skills and training programmes offered to them did not match their career aspirations. More than a third of respondents (39%) go on to say that the jobs they seek are not available in their communities.
According to the poll, the key skills young people want to acquire in order to help them gain employment in the next decade include leadership (22%), followed by analytical thinking and innovation (19%), and information and data processing (16 per cent).
Separately, a global survey by PwC found that 74% of CEOs around the world said they are concerned about finding the right skills to grow their business.
To address some of these challenges, UNICEF and PwC are joining forces over the next three years to help equip young people around the world with the skills they need for future work. The collaboration will support research on the growing global skills challenge and develop, expand and fund education and skills programmes in countries including India and South Africa.