Jobberman Partners with NYSC to Train 120,000 Youth Corpers Annually
Jobberman partners with NYSC to Train 120,000 Youth Corpers annually as a means to tackle the issue of unemployment in the country.
Jobberman is the single largest job placement website in sub-Saharan Africa and they have decided to partner with the Nigerian Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in a bid to train 120,000 youth corpers every year.
The free soft skills training course that is popular with Jobberman name will take place in NYSC camps across 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The well respected national institution, which focuses on bringing thousands of youth together from around Nigeria, provides an essential step for Jobberman in tackling the large rate of unemployment and underemployment issues amongst the country’s 100 million youth.
According to current figures, the youth unemployment rate in Nigeria is as high as 14.2% and underemployment between the ages of 15 to 34 rose to 57% in Q2 of 2020.
Nigeria has the sixth-largest youth population in the world, with more than 300,000 young people entering the jobs market monthly, is making securing dignified employment increasingly more challenging and competitive.
However, employability continues to be a major factor as research shows that hard skills only contributes to 15% of success in getting a job, whereas soft skills make up 85%. Soft skills bridge the gap between education and employment, as a result, candidates are better equipped for the workplace.
The National Services Corps’ annual programme to steer youth capacity development, whilst also fostering cultural and social connection, is perfectly matched with Jobberman’s focus on increasing the skill set of 5 million young people and placing 3 million in dignified employment by 2025.
This is part of the company’s mandate through the Young Nigeria Works project in partnership with Mastercard Foundation. The technology-driven company stresses on the importance of democratising the jobs market by placing 100% of job opportunities online, in addition to creating a transparent labour market to vastly improve workplace productivity.
With more than 60,000 employers on the platform to be connected with, the leading recruitment website plans to train NYSC members in the following areas: emotional intelligence, personal effectiveness, and presentation skills. In turn, presenting qualified candidates to some of Nigeria’s most reputable companies.
Rolake Rosiji, the CEO of Jobberman while talking about the partnership in Nigeria said,
“NYSC resonates with all Nigerians and is a homegrown partnership that Jobberman is very proud to have established; the significance of which will be transformational for the country’s youth and economy. Aligning with an organisation such as NYSC, which has built a reputation of nurturing the development of young Nigerians to enhance the country, is in line with Jobberman’s mission to create a dynamic and skilled workforce to help it reach its full potential.”
In February 2021, Jobberman successfully spearheaded the program and trained 35 NYSC schedule officers at the Lagos camp, before the partnership started the first of its three-week camps in April.
Mr Rasak Salawu, Director of CDS and Special Projects, NYSC said,
“Jobberman’s partnership with NYSC will drive youth employment across states through hybrid and digitally enabled training. This will be an opportunity provided to graduates of different schools and backgrounds in Nigeria and abroad.”
The Jobberman soft skills training program has upskilled more than 100,000 young people since it launched in May 2020, at the height of the pandemic, and has placed 60% of those that have completed the course in dignified employment. The training programme is free for all young people in Nigeria and will be running for an unspecified period of time. Interested persons can sign up on the jobberman website.
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