Worried by the high rate of unemployment, a non-governmental organisation, Unique Youth Initiative (UYI), on Thursday organised an employability enhancement training for young graduates in Lagos State, in an effort to make them self-reliant.
The Founder of UYI, Mrs Folake Adelusi, said at the training that her interactions with many graduates showed that they needed training to upgrade their skills.
Adeluyi, who said that many young graduates approached her for jobs or recommendations for jobs, said that a large number needed to upgrade their skills to be able to secure jobs or successfully do businesses.
She said that the free training would enhance personal development of the beneficiaries; thereby increase their chances of getting good jobs.
She added that the training would help them to start businesses.
“Unique Youth Initiative is a non-profit organisation that has a vision to influence youths for a better future through skill development. The number of unemployed youths is scary.
“We have a two-day free training for graduates that are seeking employment.
“This training is intended to enhance personal development and increase their chances of getting good jobs.
“The training will also teach them ways in which they can generate incomes apart from white collar jobs. The theme is: `Employability’,’’ she said.
According to her, the training will be quarterly.
She said that after the training, the organisation would recommend some of the participants to some organisations for job interviews.
One of the facilitators, Mr Niyi Akinyemi of the Lagos Business School, said that there were still jobs in Nigeria but only few people knew how to secure them.
According to him, many job graduates are unemployed to due to ignorance and get-rich-quick mindset.
He said that youths should not despise jobs with little pay packages but should use them to build experiences needed by organisations offering high remuneration.
The trainer said that job opportunities were always open locally and internationally, urging that young graduates should understand what it would take to be hired by well-paying employers.
He said that such employers would recruit only the bold, resourceful, intelligent, knowledgeable and confident.
He added that job seekers should be humble and obedient.
The Nigeria News Agency reports 20 unemployed graduates participated in the training.
Edited by Ijeoma Popoola