Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to continue to find lasting solutions to youth unemployment in the country, assuring that the focus will be on university graduates.
This was disclosed by the Project Director, Graduate Internship Scheme, GIS, Mr. Peter Papka at the orientation training for interns and firms’ representative in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
The GIS Project Director who was represented by the Principal Personal Officer of the scheme, Mrs. Oluyinka Afolake, noted that the purpose of introducing GIS is for university graduates to acquire employability skills, explaining that the objective has been highly achieved.
According to the Project Director, “the orientation and employability training which has already commenced is primarily for the graduate interns, which will enable them to optimise their internship period by developing useful skills and positive work habits.
“The training will also provide interns the opportunity to share experiences with other participants, including partner representatives on opportunities and challenges in the workplace and exposing participants to opportunities for life after internship among other benefits”, Papka said.
The project director added that, he was highly elated for receiving positive outcome from the training, saying all the interns admitted that this was formal training they have ever received on workplace and work life which has added value to their lives.
“The interns also admitted a clear and present opportunity that the GIS provides for them to chart the course of their future,” he added.
Papka further enjoined the interns to see the GIS orientation training as the one that will give them skills and experience which will place them in a position to contribute meaningfully to national development.
He however called on both firms and organisations to partner with GIS in order to tackle youth unemployment in the country.

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