Employability Skills: A prerequisite for gainful employment – Lagos Commissioner

Lagos Commissioner
Lagos Commissioner
Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation & Employment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi – Etti has attributed the increasing rate of unemployment among job seekers in the State to the dearth of employability skills.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of an employability skills training programme organized for unemployed youths in Lagos, the Commissioner said most of the youths do not have the required employability skills to secure their dreamed jobs.
He said that the State Government having recognized this gap entered into partnership with West African Vocational Education (W.A.V.E) to bridge the missing skill gap such that job seekers would be able to meet up with the requirements and expectations of employers of labour.
Durosinmi –Etti added that the training had been designed to incorporate Time Management, Teamwork, Communication skills and other capacity building skills that will improve the employability tendencies of prospective job seekers and also make them marketable for employers.
“In addition, the three weeks’ intensive training programme will be followed by a one-week internship with various employers and owners of small businesses so that these trainees can internalize and practicalize what they have been taught”, he said.
While imploring the youths to leverage on the opportunity provided by the training, the Commissioner stressed that the Ministry will be going round the five Divisions of the State as catchment areas for the next set of training on the development of employability skills.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Wealth Creation & Employment, Hon. Sola Giwa charged the youths to take advantage of the training which according to him, will position them for a better life.
He, however, urged them to shun all sorts of vices that may hinder their progress.
The Permanent Secretary Ministry in the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, Mr. Abdul Mustapha said the Employability training was as a result of the analysis done on unemployment in the state.
He said, “it was discovered that jobs are available but the skill required to work was the missing link between the unemployed youths and employers”, adding that it is imperative for youths to develop the necessary skills required to secure and sustain a job.
On her part, Miss Misan Rewane, the CEO of West African Vocational Education (W.A.V.E) said her organization is collaborating with the Ministry of Wealth Creation & Employment to teach potential job seekers the required skills that would earn them good jobs, connect them with entry level jobs , start up their career and build them up for the future.


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