Vanguard (Lagos)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Youth Unemployment - Students Trained On How to Secure Jobs

With rising rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria, a group, Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), has joined forces to tackle the scourge of unemployment in the country by advocating entrepreneurial skills and hard work among undergraduates.

The group organised a one day awareness programme at the Akin Deko Main Auditorium, University of Benin, (UNIBEN) last week, where experts gathered to train undergraduates and fresh graduates on how to secure and sustain jobs.

They identified the lack of synergy between course contents taught in schools and what is obtainable in the labour market in Nigeria, and advocated for a new template for Nigeria's educational system which would meet the requirements in the labour market.

Attended by hundreds of students and graduates across Edo State, the participants were taught ésumé packaging and skills in tackling job interviews.

Earlier, the Internship Officer, AGDC, Mr. Godbless Otubure said the programme was to enable them bring to Edo State, solution to challenges associated with unemployment in the country through what they have researched over time.

"AGDC is trying to solve that problem of youth unemployment and human capital development by increasing the human competitive index of the average Nigerian graduate to get the kind of job he or she wants.

"People can't just come out of the varsity and they are looking for job, when they come out of school, they should also think of creating jobs."

In his keynote address, Mr. Olakunle Soriyan, a public analyst and a trainer, urged participants to update and develop themselves personally especially in entrepreneurial skills so as to fit into the current world demand or prepare them for their future jobs.

"What determines your future in life are people you meet, event, place and God, your creator. How you channel your behaviour around these things determine how you grow and become successful."

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