The Dangote Group has offered to employ about 350 trainees of the Employability Support Project initiated by the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Morning Mail has learnt.
This follows the completion of an eight-week intensive training exercise, followed by an interview with the Dangote Group, one of Nigeria’s leading employers of labour, as well as the organisation’s partners and vendors.
The interview session involved graduates trained under the Manufacturing and Construction sectors of the Employability Support Project, vocational scheme held during a job fair held at Bibbycrest Event Centre, Ajah, Lagos, on Tuesday, May 14, 2018.
The Employability Support Project, an initiative of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is designed to provide unemployed and underemployed youths in Lagos state with vocational skills training by well-certified and credible training partners.
The project is managed by Arc Skills, a globally recognized skills training consultancy.
Commending Dangote and the partners, the Executive Secretary of LSETF, Akintunde Oyebode, who was represented by the Director of Programmes, LSETF, Mrs Teju Abisoye, said that the Employability Support Project, was providing a viable platform to bridge the gap of shortage of skilled and employable labour required to fill the needs of the job market.
“Manpower skills gap remains a significant issue for businesses operating in the State and we are pleased to see that world-class brands are satisfied with the quality of our trainees and the scheme in general.
“I enjoin other corporate organisations to follow Dangote’s lead in recruiting the well trained and certified manpower that the Employability Support Project, has produced and supporting the Lagos State Government in its effort to bridge the unemployment gap in the state.” he said.
Speaking on the essence of the job fair, the CEO of Arc Skills Nigeria, Mr. Amit Washington, who was represented by the General Manager, Bolodeoku Ebunoluwa, said the move by Dangote and its partner vendors to employ trainees of the Employability Support Project, is a testament to the quality of the scheme.
“Today is another milestone for us, one of the many that have been achieved under this project as we march towards creating sustainable employment for our youths. The vision for setting up this project, the first of its kind in Nigeria, is to increase the pool of employable graduates. As such, it is fulfilling that a multinational organization of Dangote’s calibre has shown interest in recruiting a large number of our trainees.” he said.
At this time, about 150 graduate trainees have also been selected for immediate employment in addition to 600 job commitments from leading organizations such Brickhouse Construction Company, Genesis Cinemas, Crown Nature Plc, David Wej and Construction Kaiser, among several others.
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