Groups partner to train young people in entrepreneurship, business management
Prince’s Trust International has entered into partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) to empower young people with entrepreneurship skills and business management knowledge.
The Enterprise Challenge, which was implemented in Lagos and Oyo States, has benefitted over 120 students, providing them with the opportunity to increase their knowledge of corporate ethical strategies and business concepts, according to the firm.
The Executive Director, JAN, Foluso Gbadamosi, while commenting on the partnership said: “For us at JAN, it is about preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. We not only equip participants with necessary skills to start and run their own business, we also teach them relevant skills that will help them own their economic future.
“The students indeed have experienced real life business scenarios where they produced, developed and marketed a new product via the unique business simulation game. These students also had the opportunity to develop their own innovative business idea or proposition to solve modern societal, environmental and economic problems,” she said.
Commenting on the partnership, the Deputy Director, Global Delivery, Rosanna Wakefield, said empowering young people to learn, earn and thrive was germane to aid growth and productivity and enable young people to deliver tangible employment outcomes.
Wakefield said: “At Prince’s Trust International, we work with partners across the world to help young people into employment, education and enterprise. We believe that every young person should have the chance to succeed. So we are delighted with the launch of the Enterprise Challenge programme in Nigeria through this new partnership with Junior Achievement Nigeria.
“This partnership will ensure that young people develop the necessary entrepreneurship skills to succeed in business, helping them to learn, earn and thrive.
After a successful pilot we look forward to continuing to work with Junior Achievement Nigeria to support more young people in the country by blending our expertise with a global network of local partners, to develop programmes and interventions to help young people to build their own futures.”
Founded by the Prince of Wales in 2015 and building on four decades of experience in the UK, Prince’s Trust International collaborates with local partners in 17 countries around the world to develop the Enterprise Challenge programme to give young people the chance to learn about what it takes to run a business and be their own boss.
One of the participants, a student of Seed of Life College, Olufisayo Mofeoluwa said: “Prince’s Trust International in collaboration with Junior Achievement Nigeria has given me the opportunity to learn about how to be financially prudent and also about teamwork.
“The programme I participated in has given me in depth knowledge about my natural environment and the resources available, while arming me with critical analytical skills on how to make sound business decisions. Thank you, Prince’s Trust International and Junior Achievement Nigeria, for giving me the opportunity to participate in the Enterprise Challenge Programme.”