Graduate Internship Scheme, GIS, trainees from Rivers State have been urged to use the skills they gained during the scheme to continue to build and develop themselves and the nation at large.
In the same vein, 100 graduates from Enugu State enrolled to take part in one year skills enhancement training for 2015, which took place in Enugu recently.
The Project Director of the Scheme, Mr. Peter Papka, who was represented by Mrs. Halima Iliya, gave the charge to the interns after the 3-day training, which was centred on career development, and entrepreneurship skills meant to expose them to the possibilities, which are open to them.
Papka, who was optimistic that the experience they got from the training, would give the trainees an edge in creating employment avenues for themselves and others, urged them to apply whatever entrepreneurial knowledge they acquire to their future career-building.
“We believe that the skills and experience you have acquired through GIS have placed you in a position to contribute meaningfully to national development.
“I wish to note that GIS is one of the many success stories of government’s effort to reduce graduate unemployment. On your part, you must ensure that your internship adds value not just to your immediate employers but to the nation as a whole.”
The interns on their part were appreciative of the opportunity the government have given them to learn and gain experience over a period of 12 months.
Meanwhile, their counterparts in Enugu were charged to be serious as it would make it easy for them to discover themselves, adding that redefinition of self-esteem, self-actualisation, work ethics and skills are necessary attributes for a successful business life.
Papka, who was represented by Mohammed Attahiru from the Federal Ministry of Finance at the Enugu centre, urge the interns to take advantage of the opportunities that the scheme provides them.
He reaffirms Government’s commitment to this unique scheme and urged that both firms and the interns should justify this gesture for the betterment of Nigeria.
The Graduate Internship Scheme, GIS, is aimed at providing Nigerian graduates with quality temporary work experience that will make them stronger candidates for job openings in the labour market through a one year internship placement.

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