Training in- and out-of-school youth with basic and advanced digital skills promises to connect young people with unprecedented job opportunities in the digital economy, leading to innovation, higher productivity and competitiveness, expanding markets, access to work and entrepreneurship opportunities. The digital skills needed to succeed in the digital economy include:
ILO and ITU are leading the Digital Skills for Decent Jobs Campaign as part of the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth in order to foster decent and inclusive employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Advanced digital skills: related to technology development such as coding, software and app development, network management, machine learning, big data analysis, IoT, cybersecurity or blockchain technology;
- Basic digital skills: related to the effective use of technology, necessary in most professions. They include web research, online communication, use of professional online platforms and digital financial services;
- Soft skills: skills necessary to all professionals to ensure collaborative and effective work in the digital economy. They include leadership, communication and teamwork skills, client-orientation, among others.
- Digital entrepreneurship: digital skills required by entrepreneurs, including online market research, strategic planning and business analysis, using financing and crowdfunding platforms, online marketing, and online networking and establishing mentoring relationships