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Unilever urges employees to embrace skills to achieve higher productivity

By Benjamin Alade
08 November 2016   |   3:44 am
It is only when workers embrace essential skills that they can optimize their full potentials in the workplace, Human Resource Partner for Unilever PLC, Henry Ajayi has said.
Unilever Nigeria PLC

Unilever Nigeria PLC

It is only when workers embrace essential skills that they can optimize their full potentials in the workplace, Human Resource Partner for Unilever PLC, Henry Ajayi has said.

He listed that required skills include ability to obtain and process information, adequate communication skills, technical knowledge of job and efficiency of Information Communication Technology.

In his presentation titled, ‘Transition from education to work’, at the marketing student award ceremony organised by the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN), Ajayi, said the success of any organisation lies in the skills embedded in its employees.

Ajayi stressed that the job market today is a struggle, an employer’s market where a lot of requirements are continually updated and that why is the reason many young graduates are struggling to get employment due to lack of the essential skills.

Besides, he said securing job is not a tea party like it used to in the 80s’ where jobs were offered to students upon graduation.His words: “Because the supply outweighs demand, there would always be more people that the jobs available in the country, stating that the more creative a graduate is, the easier he outshine his peers.

“Graduate should be self aware of evolving innovations happening around them by developing themselves gradually in volunteerism and practices.”

Earlier in his remarks, President and Chairman of Council, NIMN, Ganiyu Koledoye, decried the spate of unemployment in the country, saying Nigeria can only get bigger if the best skills is instilled in the future of youths.

He said: “Our children are our future, we must make efforts to get things right. As part of our vision, we would be exposing tertiary students to developmental skills on marketing profession.”

He applauded the efforts of Unilever Plc for its support and drive in making marketing profession a reality in the country.According to him, from the outset Unilever brought marketing management to limelight in Nigeria. Most of the household names in the country started its career with Unilever.Koledoye charged the members not to be biased and unshaken, but be creative in the course of the profession guided by its ethics.

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