Federal Government has charged youths, particularly fresh university graduates, to capitalise on the available empowerment programmes of the government to develop their skills and expertise, so as to stand the chance of securing opportunities for better life.
Project Director, Graduate Internship Scheme, GIS, Mr. Peter Papka, who gave the charge at exit orientation training for over 300 interns who have successfully completed their one year internship in Enugu, attributed the youth employment to lack of the needed skills that would distinguish them among their contemporaries.
“And that necessitates the establishment of the scheme, to give youths the opportunity to be attached to a firm relevant to their career, for them to get practical knowledge and experience obviously different from the paper works they were exposed to in school,” he explained.
Mr. Papka, who was represented by the South East Coordinator of the programme, Mr. Toochukwu Sagacious, was happy with the level of skill development and experience that the interns have received from their host firms and commended the firms for their contributions to the youths’ development.
He challenged the interns to make good use of the knowledge and capacity acquired to launch their career into another level, thus becoming employers of labour.
“A period of twelve months of internship at the early time seemed so endless, yet it has come successfully. I believe that the internship period has come with successes, challenges, and attendant curiosities. It has also brought you to a crossroad where you are now able to ask yourself the question of who you have become through the platform of the GIS and how that had prepare you for where you want to be in the future.”
Resource person, Mr. Abedo Omeiza, had taken the interns through another step of career development and entrepreneurship training, with emphasis on tips for preparing and uploading of curriculum vitae on a portal, choice of career, building and monitoring the growth of the career.
He said he was satisfied with the performance of the interns. “Based on the interactions that I have had with the interns, it is obvious that they have been transformed with the needed knowledge to be successful in their chosen areas,” he said.
One of the interns, Andrew David, in an interaction with our correspondent said, “I am now a proud manager of a sachet water company because of the knowledge and privilege the scheme has afforded me.”
He appealed to the federal government to establish more of such programmes for fresh university graduates to get the needed practical experience to move their career and business forward.
Recall that GIS was launched in 2012 by the federal government with the primary purpose of creating opportunity for graduates to be attached to firms of their choice for a year, with a monthly stipend of N30, 000. They are expected to use the platform to gain work experience that would enhance their employability skills.
The programme is targeted at providing 50,000 graduates with quality work experience, improved job placement options with acquired professional skills and high prospects of being retained after completion of internship.