The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) has entered into partnership with Jobberman and American Towers Corporation (ATC), to empower unemployed youths in Lagos State.
ATC is one of Nigeria’s leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless broadcast communication, as well as real estate firm.
According to LSETF, the collaboration is in line with the its mandate of bridging the huge unemployment gap in the state by providing skills development and job opportunities for unemployed youths through effective learning and individual coaching programme.
The partnership, which commenced in October 2017 began with youths of Makoko Community, has graduated 62 trainees and has attained 44 per cent job placement for them.
Executive Secretary of LSETF, Akintunde Oyebode, said the state chose to begin with the Makoko youths because they represent a community of indigent marked by debasing living conditions and lack of opportunities.
He added that registration for the second batch of trainees is currently ongoing and it is expected that the state would experience increase skilled manpower required to reduce the shortages of employable labour by the end of their training.
“With this initiative, we intend to create a pipeline of very young competent professionals who would inspire the younger generation of youths in their community to aspire to a life of meaning and opportunity.
“There is no better way than to equip them with life and digital skills, which are today, the most relevant requirements in the digitally-driven businesses and economies,” he said.
“In the course of the programme, the training partners will admit and train 36 youths monthly in six months cycle across the state, whereby youths, who possess a minimum of SSCE certificate will be trained in life skills, entrepreneurship and information and communication technology (ICT).
“The training will include digital skills such as graphics and web designs, digital marketing, photography and videography.
Besides the partnership, the LSETF is currently working with the United Nations, Development Programme (UNDP) through the Lagos State Employability Support Project.