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Tuesday, March 10 2020 - 11:07
A Third of Youth Surveyed Globally by UNICEF Say Their Education Is Not Preparing Them With the Skills to Get Jobs
GENEVA and LONDON, March 10, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- PwC and UNICEF join forces to boost youth skills worldwide

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 per cent) 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 per cent) 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 per cent), 
followed by analytical thinking and innovation (19 per cent), and information 
and data processing (16 per cent).  

Separately, a global survey by PwC[1] 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.

"Young people are telling us they want digital and transferable skills to 
succeed in the workplace of the future," UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta 
Fore said. "This crucial need can only be met through the contributions of 
public and private partners around the globe. That is why we are working with 
partners like PwC to provide opportunities for personal growth and prosperity 
for young people everywhere." 

Every month, 10 million young people reach working age, most of them coming 
from low and middle-income countries. According to a global research, it takes 
young people in those countries about a year and a half on average to break 
into the labour market, and a staggering four and a half years 
veloping-world] to find their first decent job.[2] This situation could 
potentially further deteriorate if it isn't addressed, with 20-40% of the jobs 
currently held by 16-24 year olds assessed to be at risk of automation by the 

"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. It also makes business sense: in PwC's 
latest Global CEO Survey, three quarters of CEOs said the lack of available 
skills is a major concern and risk. Many of the people who need upskilling the 
most have the least access to opportunities," said Bob Moritz, Chairman of the 
PwC Network. "By joining forces with UNICEF, we believe we can help reach more 
people who may otherwise be unwillingly left behind. Together, we aim to 
upskill millions of young people." 

The collaboration between UNICEF and PwC will support the World Economic 
Forum's Reskilling Revolution Platform, of which both are founding partners. 
The platform aims to provide better jobs, education, and skills to one billion 
people in the next 10 years.

PwC's skills, expertise and resources will also support Generation Unlimited, a 
global partnership hosted by UNICEF, to help young people successfully 
transition from education and training to decent work. PwC and Generation 
Unlimited will convene public, private and civil society stakeholders to 
develop investment opportunities, programmes and innovations that support young 
people in their path to productive futures and engaged citizenship.

Notes to Editors: 

The poll was conducted by UNICEF through U-Report, a global digital youth 
engagement platform in February 2020. The poll was answered by 40,000 
respondents from 150 countries. India had the most respondents (43 per cent), 
followed by South Africa (26 per cent). This U-Report poll data is 
representative of the information provided by the respondents, is not 
statistically weighted, and should not be extrapolated to global or country 


UNICEF works in some of the world's toughest places, to reach the world's most 
disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work 
for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more 
information about UNICEF and its work for children visit Follow 
UNICEF on Twitter [] and Facebook 

About Generation Unlimited 

Generation Unlimited – currently hosted by UNICEF – is a global partnership 
working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens. It 
connects secondary-age education and training to employment and 
entrepreneurship, empowering every young person to thrive in the world of work. 
Follow Generation Unlimited on Twitter [] and 
Instagram [].

About PwC 

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. 
We're a network of firms in 157 countries with over 276,000 people who are 
committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find 
out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at 

PwC refers to the PwC network and/or one or more of its member firms, each of 
which is a separate legal entity. Please see for further 

In October 2019, PwC launched 'New world. New skills.' 
[] – its first global, purpose-led programme aimed 
at upskilling its people, working with clients on their upskilling strategies, 
scaling and refocusing its corporate social responsibility activities, and 
contributing to the debate about the issue. Watch 'Bridging the Digital Divide' 
[], a short documentary in which 
academics, NGOs, policymakers and business leaders explain why upskilling for a 
digital world has become a priority for society, organizations and 

In 2018, PwC launched its community ambition 
tml] to maximize the potential of 15 million people, NGOs and social and micro 
enterprises by 2022. 

About U-Report
U-Report is a mobile empowerment programme that connects young people all over 
the world to information that will change their lives and influence decisions. 
U-Report is free and open-source and over 9 million adolescent and young people 
in 65 countries use it every week to voice their opinions, connect to their 
leaders, and help change the conditions in their communities through SMS and 
digital channels including WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber and Telegram. 

1. PwC's 23rd Annual Global CEO Survey 
2. Manacorda, Marco, et al., Pathways from School to Work in the Developing 
World, IZA DP No. 9456, 2015 
3. Will robots really steal our jobs? 
on-on-jobs.html], PwC

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Source: PwC and UNICEF