Experts charge institutions on skills to tackle unemployment
The experts made this submission at a career development and showcase event organised by Poise Nigeria, through its subsidiary, Poise Graduate Finishing Academy, in commemoration of the World Youth Skills Day (WYSD), with the theme ‘Improving the image of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)’,
According to survey by Jobberman.com, 45 percent of Nigeria’s university graduates are unemployed, with an estimated number of 500,000 graduates produced every year from tertiary institutions competing for job in the labour market.
The situation, the Managing Director, Poise Graduate Finishing Academy, Asher Adeniyi called for the adoption of vocational and technical skills in tertiary institutions to prepare young graduates for employment, while bridging the gap between the knowledge acquired from the academic institutions and the demands of the workplace.
“It is very important universities adopt these training for their graduating students, the students are not ready for the job, they need some set of skills that will make them employable and it is important we prepare these young executives for life after school,” he said.
He noted that the aim of the academy is to train and nurture young executives, getting them acquainted with the working tools and skills to fit into the labour market.
Also speaking, the Managing Director, Human Resource, Chellarams Plc., Fred Nduka lamented lack of employable skills in graduating students, saying the skills are the determining factors of whether they succeed or fail in and outside the workplace.
He said embracing vocational and technical skills is one way of dealing with the unemployment issue in the country, stressing that the education system curriculum does not encourage skill acquisition, training and development, which would make graduates employable after their tertiary education.
Corroborating the MD, HR, the Deputy Managing Director, Poise Nigeria, Nonye Kalibechi, called for the overhaul of the country’s education curriculum, which she said focuses only on theoretical aspect rather than practical.
She said there have been instances where graduates with first-class certificate that fail to perform after offered employment.
On his part, the Managing Director, Gidijobs, Femi Obidare said lack of skills has contributed to the rise in unemployment in the country, as there are many opportunities in various sectors that need to be harnessed by youths.
He said most of the curriculum vitae received by the job search company revealed that most graduating youths are not fully prepared for the labour market.
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