Committed to Connecting the World
International
Telecommunication
Union
Susan Schorr
International Telecommunication Union...
Committed to Connecting the World
 ITU conducted extensive
research on Digital
Opportunities to find
“Innovative ICT solu...
Committed to Connecting the World
Today’s youth are facing
unemployment challenges
3
73 MILLION
YOUTH ARE
UNEMPLOYED
GLOBA...
Committed to Connecting the World
4
Wide range of
ICT-enabled
resources to seek
jobs or launch
businesses
Why include ICTs...
Committed to Connecting the World
Digital Opportunities for Youth
5
Committed to Connecting the World
New employment opportunities
 Macro sectors
6
Agriculture
• ICT-related job
creation th...
Committed to Connecting the World
Becoming ICT-savvy
 To benefit from these digital opportunities, youth need
to become I...
Committed to Connecting the World
Action for Policy Makers
8
Collaborative
innovation
spaces
Digital skills
in school
curr...
Committed to Connecting the World
Role for ITU
 Raise awareness of these trends – including by
launching this report
 De...
Committed to Connecting the World
International
Telecommunication
Union
Thank You!
susan.schorr@itu.int
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ITU's Digital Opportunities: Innovative ICT Solutions for Youth Employment report is designed to identify strategies and trends to combat youth unemployment. It has an important message for youth, private sector, academia and government policy makers:- youth need digital skills if they want to get a job or start a business. The demand for both basic + advanced ICT skills cuts across all sectors in all countries.

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  1. 1. Committed to Connecting the World International Telecommunication Union Susan Schorr International Telecommunication Union Digital Opportunities: Innovative ICT Solutions for Youth Employment
  2. 2. Committed to Connecting the World  ITU conducted extensive research on Digital Opportunities to find “Innovative ICT solutions for Youth Employment”  Mapping of:  ICT-enabled careers for youth  New entrepreneurship options  New learning opportunities  Action by Governments, Private Sector, NGOs  ITU recently launched a new Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Resources Database at http://www.itu.int/ITU- D/sis/Youth/Resources/ 2
  3. 3. Committed to Connecting the World Today’s youth are facing unemployment challenges 3 73 MILLION YOUTH ARE UNEMPLOYED GLOBALLY - 621 million NEETs - Youth comprise 17% of the world’s population and 40% of the world’s unemployed (ILO, 2013) Skills mismatch • Between what employers seek and how youth have been trained/educated • Digital literacy skills as important as reading and writing • More advanced digital skills opens new opportunities: • BPO and microwork • Apps economy • Games and social media • Mobile phones
  4. 4. Committed to Connecting the World 4 Wide range of ICT-enabled resources to seek jobs or launch businesses Why include ICTs in youth employment and entrepreneurship strategies?  To promote youth employment it is essential that youth obtain digital skills.  Youth without digital skills risk being excluded from a growing number of job and business opportunities. More jobs and businesses require ICT skills ICTs fueling new and innovative ways of doing business More online learning opportunities
  5. 5. Committed to Connecting the World Digital Opportunities for Youth 5
  6. 6. Committed to Connecting the World New employment opportunities  Macro sectors 6 Agriculture • ICT-related job creation through various innovative agriculture productivity and other data systems. Health • ICT-driven innovations for patient communications, diagnosis, data management etc. Offshore • Opportunities for emerging economies to participate in world’s service industry through ITO, BPO, and KPO.  Emerging sectors Microwork • Small tasks broken out of a business process that can be completed via internet or mobile devices. Crowdsourcing • Similar to microwork but for people with higher-level technical skills and involves larger projects. App Economy • A new class of entrepreneurs with the rise of smartphones, tablets and social media.
  7. 7. Committed to Connecting the World Becoming ICT-savvy  To benefit from these digital opportunities, youth need to become ICT-savvy. 7 Online skills development: • Virtual classrooms • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) • Open courseware • Mobile learning ICT-enabled resources: • Job-matching • Mentoring • Crowdfunding New ways of working: • Coworking spaces and technology hubs • Hackerspaces or makerspaces • Contests for apps developers
  8. 8. Committed to Connecting the World Action for Policy Makers 8 Collaborative innovation spaces Digital skills in school curriculum Skills development for out-of- school youth Alternative certification models App contests and competitions Text-to-speech engines in local languages Government procurement from young entrepreneurs
  9. 9. Committed to Connecting the World Role for ITU  Raise awareness of these trends – including by launching this report  Develop resources to promote youth employment and entrepreneurship  Develop guidelines to support governments in implementing youth employment and entrepreneurship strategies  This is one of the issues we will be discussing at WTDC-14 9
  10. 10. Committed to Connecting the World International Telecommunication Union Thank You! susan.schorr@itu.int

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