Unemployable job seekers, cause of high unemployment
lack of relevant technological and personal effectiveness skills among the young population have been identified as the bane of rising unemployment crisis in Nigeria.
Executive Chairman, XL Africa Group and Founder, Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC), Charles Nwodo, has said there was the need for the country to reappraise the contents and delivery methods of higher education institutions to make them more relevant to emerging industry and technological trends, as well as workplace job specifications in Nigeria and the global marketplace.
He said the KEC, through its Graduate Advancement Programme (GAP), which is the sixth batch of KEC’s tuition free employability up-skilling programme, is designed to equip young Nigerian graduates with relevant, future ready skills, attributes and attitudes to make them employable.
He said the batch comprises of 102 lucky graduates selected from a pool of thousands of enthusiastic applicants from different parts of Nigeria, cutting across different disciplines and career interests.
He said the programme, which is coming at the time the country is witnessing a massive talent drain in various critical sectors, including the digital space, is designed to provide a solid foundation for youths to equip them with the skills and other attributes needed to secure jobs, establish their own businesses and thereafter, become employers of labour.
Addressing the trainees, Nwodo said the programme was created in 2014 as the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) vehicle of XL Africa Group, with the goal of providing a structured and sustainable model to empower young graduates with life-changing, future focused employability skills, with the overall aim of contributing effectively to the reduction of unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria.
He said many Nigerians have graduated from the KEC’s GAP network training since the launch of the programme.
Nwodo said there was an urgent need for regular modifications of the elements of the country’s educational policies, by facilitating co-operation and functional co-ordination between those responsible for curriculum development and education planning; the organised private sector and employers of labour on the other hand.
He said the government has the responsibility to drive the effort and the institutions of higher learning, as well as the lawmakers, to ensure that young graduates receive relevant skills and contemporary trainings and academic tutorials.
The Executive Secretary of the KEC, Adedapo Ajibade, who commended the participating organisations and supporters, also appreciated the Lagos State government for the progress and personal development of the youth population in the state.