The Government of Lagos State has launched the ‘Jobs Initiative Lagos’ programme for youth in eight Lagos tertiary institutions based in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
The Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, in a statement on Tuesday said that the programme is designed as a complementary training for students in final and penultimate year in entrepreneurship, employability and basic digital skills required for the labour market.
According to Wahab, the programme was established to fill documented gaps in the current curriculum that is essential in the labour market while enhancing the employability of graduates in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
Candidates are to register for the programme via www.jobsinlagos.ng and upon completion, will get an opportunity to be featured on jobs portal from where partner corporate organisations can select fresh graduates for recruitment.
Aimed at positioning Lagos as the tech hub of Africa, Wahab further revealed that the initiative will run alongside a more robust digital skills campaign ‘Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’ www.dsilagos.ng meant to empower over one million young people in the state with digital skills by 2023.
He stressed that secondary school students in Lagos would have access to well-trained instructors while those out of school would be able to access digital skills training and various internship opportunities as they complete the programmes.
The projects are being coordinated by LoftyInc Allied Partners Limited – an innovative development company that grows start-up teams, manages innovation programmes and facilitates impact projects in West Africa.
Wahab explained that the first phase of the ‘Jobs Initiatives Lagos’ kicked off in June and will continue over the next four months leveraging on the virtual learning platform, while the ‘Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’ will commence virtually until the ease of the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He maintained that the two programmes are in sync with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the present administration in Lagos State, wherein education is a key pillar with a multiplier effect on human capital development and ecosystem.