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ICS unveils talent fair to tackle skills gap


Business+Process+pic+ShutterstockWorried by the deficiencies in talent recruitment as well as shortfall in required skills for emerging businesses, Integrated Corporate Services (ICS) Limited has unveiled a talent and employer branding expo, tagged ICS Talent Bank 1.0, in Lagos.

According to the firm, the Talent Bank, which has been created, will be unveiled to prospective employers at a scheduled fair designed to hold later this month.

Managing Director, ICS, Femi Olatide, explained that the event would be the first ever talent market and corporate branding in Africa, adding that 2000 talents have been profiled and screened for prospective employers seeking new talents in their organisations.

“The talents have been evaluated and trained to fill vacant positions in top 50 firms in the country. We discovered that the quality of graduates beig churned out by the higher institutions has dwindled significantly. So, we decided to shortlist ad train 2000 candidates on relevant skills needed in today’s emerging businesses., he stated.

Olatide added that ICS had concluded plans to partner with relevant institutions such as the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), higher Institutions of learning and other strategic alliances to gain access to the talents and brighter graduates across all disciplines and fields to suit various industries.

“Our search and selection criteria are globally accepted standards for top talents and deployed with our world class assessment tools and techniques to deliver premium talents across all recognised qualifications in Nigeria”, he stated.

He also noted that ICS publicity strategy is geared towards reaching young graduates and professionals across the length and breadth of the six geo-political zones.

The ICS boss pointed out that the company activities would help to reduce and control the high rate of unemployment in the country through information, education and communication, screening and counseling.

Olatide posited that the initiative would also help provide solutions to the challenges of unemployment, lack of marketable skill-set, poor business skills and entrepreneurial powers, low self-esteem, among many other encountered by the youth.

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