On January 31, the International Labour Organization (ILO) marked their centenary with the launch of Work for a Brighter Future, a report by the ILO’s Global Commission of the Future of Work. This landmark report by the global commission was officially submitted to the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, underscoring the importance of the ILO’s human-centered agenda for the future of work and its focus on creating stable and comfortable workplaces.
Work for a Brighter Future emphasizes the need to create and nurture working environments that employees will be motivated and inspired by, encouraging them to be the best possible workers that they can be—and frames the issue as an aspect of social justice. The vision of the Global Commission on the Future of Work will help substantially advance the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which seeks to end poverty and enable all individuals to live prosperous lives, with a focus on supporting the needs of present and future generations of people and the planet.
As the ILO report highlights, the jobs that exist today are not jobs that will exist tomorrow—and that requires 21st-century youth to be more flexible and innovative in their work.
This is one of the reasons why we at NFTE consider entrepreneurship education to be such an essential aspect of preparing young people for the future. Developing the entrepreneurial mindset is what enables NFTE students to learn how to be their own bosses and develop their own businesses, and it’s what allows them to establish the working environment that is best suited for themselves and their needs. In fact, the entrepreneurial skills NFTE emphasizes are precisely the types of skills the ILO suggests will help the world meet several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
NFTE students are taught to recognize opportunities to solve problems—problems they may see in their own lives, in their communities, or in the world at large. That ability helps them develop their own business ideas and it helps them tackle challenges focused on the SDGs in NFTE’s World Series of Innovation, a global online competition that invites young innovators around the world to team up and think big about ways to address some of the biggest issues facing humanity.