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Alliance for Youth Nigeria empowers over 11,000 young Nigerians in one year As the world marks the International Youth Day

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Alliance for Youth Nigeria empowers over 11,000 young Nigerians in one year As the world marks the International Youth Day, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has announced the conclusion of a vocational skills training program reaching over 350 young Nigeri four skillsets ans in Lagos and Kano States.

 

The training, which covered Solar panel installation, Graphics Design (Designs, social media and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make aromatherapy and massage), were delivered in Foundation.

 

The vocational skills training is one of up, collaboration with Whitefield the projects of the Alliance designed in accordance with the Alliance’s objective of reaching 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within 3 years which was announced during the launch of the Alliance, . This objective, is in line with their commitment to work together to address the challenges of youth in the country with the associated social and economic impact.

 

Launched in August 2 021, the Alliance is a businessunemployment driven movement of organizations passionate about working together to help young people around the country acquire the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work or create their own enterprise. Members of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria include Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, Big Bottling Company, Compact Network Nigeria, Uthe United Nations Global Connect HR Limited and Sterling One Foundation with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International as partner organizations.

 

Since inception, the Alliance has reached over 11,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial trainings, internship and mentoring opportunities and job pl acements.

 

Projects delivered include: • Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, emotional intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 r • eaching 590 Soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset for the world of work, effective communication etc, in May and June 2022 reaching over 9,60 orientation camps • 0 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun and FCT Employability trainings for fresh graduates in April and June 2022, covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning resumes, developing interpersonal skills, develo mindset etc, and reaching over 610 • ping an entrepreneurial Vocational skills training, covering solar panel installation, graphics design (designs, social media and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make up, aromatherapy and massage), in Lagos and Kano states in August 2022 reaching over 350 d The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in joint an individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readinessforwork training, and mentoring opportunities and are committed to contributing Sustainable Development Goal 8 towards the United Nations to promote sust ained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030.

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Celebrating the International Youth Day and first Alliance, highflyers year anniversary of the of the vocational skills training were gi ensure the immediate takeoff of their businesses. Highfted startup kits to flyers from the graphics design training were provided laptops, those from the Beauty, massage and Since inception, the Alliance has reached over 11,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial trainings, internship and mentoring opportunities and job pl acements. Projects delivered include: • Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, emotional intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 r • eaching 590 Soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset for the world of work, effective communication etc, in May and June 2022 reaching over 9,60 orientation camps • 0 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun and FCT Employability trainings for fresh graduates in April and June 2022, covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning resumes, developing interpersonal skills, develo mindset etc, and reaching over 610 • ping an entrepreneurial Vocational skills training, covering solar panel installation, graphics design (designs, social media and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make up, aromatherapy and massage), in Lagos and Kano states in August 2022 reaching over 350 d The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in joint an individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readinessforwork training, and mentoring opportunities and are committed to contributing Sustainable Development Goal 8 towards the United Nations to promote sust ained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030. Celebrating the International Youth Day and first Alliance, highflyers year anniversary of the of the vocational skills training were gi ensure the immediate takeoff of their businesses. Highfted startup kits to flyers from the graphics design training were provided laptops, those from the Beauty, massage and Since inception, the Alliance has reached over 11,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial trainings, internship and mentoring opportunities and job pl acements. Projects delivered include: • Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, emotional intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 r • eaching 590 Soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset for the world of work, effective communication etc, in May and June 2022 reaching over 9,60 orientation camps • 0 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun and FCT Employability trainings for fresh graduates in April and June 2022, covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning resumes, developing interpersonal skills, develo mindset etc, and reaching over 610 • ping an entrepreneurial Vocational skills training, covering solar panel installation, graphics design (designs, social media and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make up, aromatherapy and massage), in Lagos and Kano states in August 2022 reaching over 350 d The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in joint an individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readinessforwork training, and mentoring opportunities and are committed to contributing Sustainable Development Goal 8 towards the United Nations to promote sust ained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030. Celebrating the International Youth Day and first Alliance, highflyers year anniversary of the of the vocational skills training were gi ensure the immediate takeoff of their businesses. Highfted startup kits to flyers from the graphics design training were provided laptops, those from the Beauty, massage and aromatherapy training were provided make high up tool kits and massage beds while toolboxes for flyers from the installation trainings were awarded complete their vocation. Speaking at the award ceremony, Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC said, “Youth are the future of our world and Nestlé is determined and c ommitted to working with stakeholders and likeminded organizations to help young people develop their skills so they can find jobs or create their own businesses.” “We are delighted with the progress we have made as an Alliance in the past one year, rea ching 11,000 youth. Yes, we are still a long way from our target, but we have built the framework and alliances that will help us deliver on our objectives. The provision of startup vocational skills training is kits to young people who excelled in the a significant step in the right direction”. Also speaking at the event, Mr. Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U Human Connect Resources Limited said, “Youth are the future of the nation. Every investment towards their employability, engagement and empower critical for the society’s good and sustainable progress”. ment is very According to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement and Learning Manager Jobberman Nigeria, “Youth in every society have the potential to stimulate economic growth, social progress and national development. The Alliance for Youth Nigeria is providing an ecosystem of learning where young Nigerians can upskill by acquiring 21st century skills tha or becoming selft will increase their chances of getting employed employed. The testimonials from beneficiaries motivate us to do more”. oneyear will continue to For Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Nigeria, “Our anniversa ry is proof that advancing decent work for youth requires unprecedented levels of collaboration between key partners. The Alliance serves as a catalyst for reducing unemployment and promoting youth independence in order to increase labour and economic p roductivity in Nigeria. We urge stakeholders to take collective action in promoting the Development goals, particularly SDG 4, 8 and 9.”. Sustainable

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In his comments, ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, The Big Bottling Company Limited, said, “Investment i the nation and world n young people support economic empowerment of at large. The Big Bottling Company Limited, while c ongratulating Nigerian youths, remains aspirations for growth”. committed to supporting their In a statement on behalf of the Honorable Development, the Minister of Youth and Sports Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister, Oluwakemi Areola, said, “In the next 10 years, jobs would have evolved from the traditional model we are familiar with now. It is imperative that Nigerian youth upskill themselves with the necessary skills (digital and equip and vocational) to give them added advantage and keep them better positioned for the continuous benefit of decent work. The Ministry commends the effort and investment of the Alliance in pr omoting economic opportunities for young Nigerians”. On behalf of other participants, Oluwakemi Olatunfe, who participated in the training in the Beauty category, commended the Alliance member companies for providing the unique opportunity for the traini Nigerians. Particularly delighted at the startng and upskilling of young up kit awarded her by the Alliance, she promised to fully utilize the training and the kit thereby adding value to herself and her family. The Internation to start up her business, al Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international and national communities, raising awareness of major concerns that impact on young people, particularly as related to health, education and emplo yment youth as partners in today’s global society. while celebrating the potential of With over 13.9 million youths unemployed and millions in unstable employment and underemployed in Nigeria, young people need the right skills and experience to help them in a rapidly changing economic landscape and the Alliance for Youth Nigeria is committed to continued investment in young people for a better future.

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