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Sir: As a young electrical engineer fresh out of school, Joseph Iferi-Ebin was constantly being rejected by employers – an occurrence he attributed to lack of employable skills.

Ijede Mekezo Sunday, a mild-mannered youth resident in Lagos State, was faced with the challenge of being in and out of a job. Bukola Oke, another Lagos resident and a 2016 Mass Communications graduate, had not had a regular paid job after graduation.

Oloruntosin Agbomeji Rukayat, a Microbiology graduate, lost her first post-graduation job and developed a burning desire to get skilled and be certified. Dominic Mathias has a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Education but ventured into tailoring after graduation – albeit with inadequate knowledge of the terrain, leading to career and business frustrations.

This employment decline is yet to be compensated by returns to education and training. Today, World Youth Skills Day is once again commemorated in the midst of a pandemic – though abating, and the NEET rate has remained higher than pre-crisis era, according to the United Nations. Hence, there is the urgent need for more youths to acquire skill-based training for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship in line with Sustainable Development Goals .

With the theme: Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic, this year’s WYSD highlights the resilience and creativity of youth throughout the crisis and how technical and vocational education and training systems have adapted to the pandemic, as well as how they are participating in the recovery and imagining priorities they should adopt for the post-COVID-19 world.

This grand initiative is poised to empower 5,000 persons in Lagos and increase youth employment in Nigeria through financial investments, job training and placements and entrepreneurship opportunities during a pandemic era. Happy #WYSD2021!

 

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