CARICOM Hosts Forum to Celebrate World Youth Skills Day 2020

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The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors through the Youth Development Desk of the Human and Social Development Directorate hosted a virtual Youth Forum to commemorate World Youth Skills Day 2020. The Forum was held under the theme “Forging the Way Forward to Fill the Skills Gap in the Caribbean Community”.

The Forum included presentations from three youth panelists: Regis G. Burton, Nicholas Kee and Rochelle A. R. James. Its objectives were to explore the skills gap among youth in the CARICOM Member States; highlight the salient skills (soft & technical) required for youth resilience in the 21st Century – Per Agenda 2030, addressing SDGs 4,5,8, & 10; and establish a proposal for a functional work plan to fill the skills gap and foster skills development for young people.

The aim was also to encourage and empower young people to adapt to the changes and advancement of the current global demands; harness the support required for the empowerment of youth through the building of a resilient mindset and highlight the influence of cultural gender norms and their impact on career choices.

In summarising the event, Deputy Programme Manger for Youth at the CARICOM Secretariat and coordinator of the event, Michele Small-Bartley said:

“As we forge the way forward in bridging the skills gap, let us be reminded that age and gender should be aborted, as we are all in this together. Let us embrace what we have learnt here today and the salient skills required, as the presenters noted, emotional intelligence, authenticity – assessing ourselves, being committed and starting the change with “you” are all relevant in building the Region. Let us take the opportunity during COVID-19 to become digitally literate, and let’s reshape and rethink the ways we do things, disrupt the status quo and create strategies for our brand.”

A recording of the event is in the video above

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