The Skill Bridge is a community of next-generation leaders leading their efforts to close the skill gap. Our vision is to substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs, and entrepreneurship.

We have originated from the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum that convenes emergent leaders under the age of 33 from around the world to drive dialogues, action, and change. We aim to provide a common lexicon that can allow corporations to convey what they need and individuals to understand what skills they should acquire.

"Only 66% of the global population eligible to work is currently employed"

While technology opens up new opportunities, the constant change of methods and objectives of business requires a flexible and adaptable workforce in terms of skillset, which can only be provided by creating a culture and setting up mechanisms of lifelong learning and upskilling. The COVID-19 economic shock has made the skills gap broader and the need to close it more urgent.

This calls for new investments and mechanisms for upskilling and reskilling, for both deeply human skills as well as digital skills. A proactive and strategic effort is needed on the part of all relevant stakeholders to manage reskilling and upskilling to mitigate against both job losses and talent shortages.