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SURE-P trains Ondo youths for employment opportunities


Graduates-007THE Federal Government SURE-P GIS Programme has moved to Ondo State where about 100 graduates benefitted from the trainings organised to take care of graduate interns and some of their employers in Akure, the capital.

The three-day programme, which started on Monday was organised by the Federal Ministry of Finance’s SURE-P GIS Programme in collaboration with J.K Consulting Company Ltd.

GIS provides one year work placement for graduates to improve their employability skills and give them a source of livelihood, with a view to providing 50,000 graduates with quality and highly competitive work experience and enhance strong manpower base for national development towards achieving Vision 2020.

In a message delivered by Mrs. Bosun Boronle on behalf of the Director of SURE-P GIS programme, P.M. Papka, she said that over 22,000 graduates were already enjoying the programme.

At the event, former Accountant General of the Federation and President of J.K. Consulting Company Ltd, Kayode Naiyeju, said that only orientation and internship as initiated by the Federal Ministry of Finance through its Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), could bail the nation out of the alarming rate of unemployment.

According to Naiyeju: “Federal Government expects the trainee to be experienced workers so that they would have skills. When they were in the universities and polytechnics, they learnt theories: many of them are unemployable and many employers are unwilling to engage them. They themselves know that the Nigerian graduates are unemployable because the gap of inexperience is just too alarming. This scheme is creating that experience for them,” he said.

Educating the interns on communication skills in business, which is the bedrock of any thriving venture, a resource person and journalist, Henry Oloja, dwelt extensively on the need for effective dissemination of information between them and their prospective customers.

Oloja emphasized on the relationship between the message (products), the medium (production and marketing means), the receiver (customers), the value (need) and barriers (challenges) that often determine the profitability of any venture in life.
He exposed the interns and employers to the rudiments of communication skills, including reading, writing, talking and listening.

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