of CEOs are concerned about the availability of key skills to grow their business
of the jobs currently held by 16-24 year olds may be automated by the mid-2030s
Students were unable to access remote learning when schools closed due to COVID-19
of youth said that skills and training offered to them didn't match their career aspirations
Source: UNICEF U-Report Poll
The jobs of the future are likely to require new skills. Skills that are harder to come by in communities where opportunities are lacking. To help bridge this gap, PwC has entered into a collaboration with UNICEF that aims to help upskill millions of young people.
The collaboration will support Generation Unlimited, a multi sector partnership aimed at helping 1.8 billion young people transition from school to work by 2030. Together, we will work with young people, businesses and policy makers to help create the right conditions for youth to succeed.
This collaboration represents an important milestone in PwC’s New world. New skills. journey and builds on PwC’s existing community ambition to help maximise the potential of 15 million people, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social and micro enterprises by 2022.
Bringing together PwC and UNICEF's unique and complementary skills, experience and resources can help achieve a greater impact. But why is upskilling youth important? And how will we collaborate? Bob Moritz, Chairman of the PwC Network, and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore spoke with Juliette Foster at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year to answer these questions and more.
With a third of youth surveyed by UNICEF saying they lack opportunities to acquire skills for the future and around 20-40% of jobs currently held by 16-24 year olds at risk of automation by the mid-2030s, there is an urgent need for organisations from the private and public sectors to come together to help youth prepare for the future. There is also a strong business case for investing in upskilling. Our latest Global CEO Survey found that 74% of CEOs are concerned about finding the right people with the right skills for the future.
“We believe business has a responsibility to help address the upskilling challenge for all of our stakeholders, including the communities in which we live and work and all of their citizens.”
Global needs: We will encourage a global movement by engaging leaders from government, industry and the international community and urging them to rally behind young people and invest in the development of 21st century skills for the next generation of talent. We will do this by:
Local needs: We will develop and expand country programmes that meet local needs. For example: