EnterpriseNGR to launch youth internship to eliminate Nigeria corporate skills gap
May 11, 2022347 views0 comments
BY Chisom Nwatu
EnterpriseNGR, a professional organisation overseeing the transformation of the financial and professional sector of Nigeria, will tomorrow, May 12, 2022, formally present to the public its new project, “The Youth of Enterprise” (YOE) internship programme designed to tackle the coherent nature of youth unemployment in Nigeria and to utilise and brighten Nigeria’s future in terms of productivity and growth.
The programme has emerged from current research and data showing that youth, aged 15-34 years, make up 55 percent of unemployed Nigerians, which is creating a visible gap in youth employability that requires an adequate solution.
The YOE Internship programme will attempt to bridge this gap by improving skill acquisition and employing young graduates to become competent and professional while obtaining a conducive workplace experience and networking opportunities which will enable and equip them for better career opportunities in the future.
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Obi Ibekwe, chief executive officer of EnterpriseNGR, said that, with YOE, the difficulty young people face in finding jobs will be a thing of the past as the organisation will expand its reach to develop a network of top premium organisations willing and able to offer internship opportunities for Nigerian graduates, especially the young ones.
“We all know the difficulty young people face in finding jobs. With YOE this will be a thing of the past. EnterpriseNGR is leveraging its reach to raise a network of premium organisations that are willing to offer internship opportunities to young Nigerian graduates,” she said.
Ibekwe further revealed that employers participating in the programme will guide and evaluate talent for the duration of six months, before consideration of recruitment. Thus, providing entry-level talent to undergo fresh academic knowledge, and innovation to their system in order to enhance and improve the overall performance of the employees and organisation at large.
She also said it will be a stepping-stone for most Nigerian graduates to pursue their dream or career path adequately. The internship programme is a paid six-month programme that will offer Nigerians the opportunity to re-track and re-invent themselves to “KICKSTART” their careers.
Meanwhile, EnterpriseNGR has grown its association base with top organisations in the FPS sectors since its launch in October 2021. Some of the top organisations with member base include, Coronation Merchant Bank Ltd, Access Bank Plc, PWC Nigeria, Investment One Financial Services Ltd, Aluko & Oyebode, Chapel Hill Denham, Custodian Investment Plc, FBNQuest Ltd, FMDQ group, NGX Group, DLM Capital Ltd., Tengen Family Office, and Tangerine General Insurance Limited. The organisation has also gained international attention and recognition as an observer of the World Alliance of International Financial Centers [WAIFC] and an FPS advocacy group in Nigeria.