According to the Lagos State Government, 4,000 unemployed graduates will be paid N40,000 per month for the next six months.
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Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, announced this on Wednesday during the 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing to commemorate Gov. Babajide Sanwo-second Olu’s year in office.
According to Arobieke, this was done through the ministry’s Graduate Internship Placement Programme (GIPP), which was designed to address the issue of unemployment among unemployed graduates in Lagos State.
According to her, the initiative will provide interns with the opportunity to excel and possibly learn a job with the organisation by exposing them to professional skills and interpersonal relationships in a structured setting.
She stated that the programme would expose interns to potential entrepreneurial opportunities and provide graduates with employability skills and exposure to today’s work environment.
“The GIPP is intended to assist Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and other companies in selecting from the state’s database of groomed talent/interns in order to increase productivity and boost their businesses, thereby promoting economic growth at no cost through state government intervention.”
“A total of 51,514 graduates applied for internships online, with over 1,932 companies expressing interest in hiring interns after their training, and 4,736 applicants taking the online Assessment Test.””Around 1,000 candidates with a minimum of 60% were invited for the first tranche of employability skills training, while 4,000 interns are expected to be paid N40,000 per month for six months.”
“You will agree with me that the state government under Sanwo-Olu is doing everything possible to alleviate the unemployment scourge,” Arobieke said.
During the period under review, she said, the ministry’s Employability Department organised youth-focused programmes such as the “Mindset Re-Orientation Programme.”
According to Arobieke, the programme aims to reorient the mindset of unemployed youths in facing the realities of today’s labour market.
According to her observations, the number of unemployed youths seeking employment, particularly white collar jobs, outnumbers the available vacancies.
“As a result, there is a need for job seekers’ mindsets to be reoriented toward learning vocational and technical skills in order to be self-employed.”
“In the 2020 edition of this programme, there were 2,163 unemployed youths who participated in the webinar with seasoned practitioners in various fields or areas of specialisation as facilitators,” she said.