The Lagos State Government said it introduced jobs Initiative in eight state based tertiary institutions as complementary training of students in entrepreneurship, employability and basic digital skills required for the workplace.
Meantime, at least 10,560 youths have registered for the Lagos State Government job creation initiative for graduates and undergraduates tagged:
“Jobs Initiative Lagos’
The program which kicked off two weeks ago, targeted at empowering 1million students in digital skills by year 2023 has registered 10,560 youths so far for training.
It was designed as a complementary training for students in terminal classes and graduates in entrepreneurship, employability, and basic digital skills required for the workplace.
Addressing newsmen on the ongoing programme, in Alausa, Ikeja, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, added that “over 3,000 youths are expected to register this week for the initiative introduced to bridge youths skill-gap in the employment market.”
Aside from this initiative, Wahab disclosed that the government has also introduced a digital training platform, Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’, to prepares students for the global emerging market.
He said: “Over 10,560 undergraduates from the state’s tertiary institution since the programme kicked off have enrolled and from the statistics made available to me, over 3,000 applicants are expected to come on board for this program.
“The need to enhance employability of graduates across the states birthed the initiative which had been programmed to run alongside a more robust digital skills campaign ‘Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’ aimed at equipping the graduates and final year students of state-based tertiary institutions with digital skills needed in the 21st century and invariably position Lagos as the Tech Hub of Africa”.
Wahab listed skills that would be taught in serving as a propeller for students into a new world of the fourth revolution which is the IT revolution to include coding, phyton, data security, data analytics among others, stressing that the undergraduates who are mainly final year students would be put through 13 weeks intensive sessions.
“Mr Governor has also approved a Phase II for the DSIL, and I will tell you why we are doing that. We have done research in Lagos and we realised we have a lot of youths who have between school certificate and OND certificate, and Lagos with its population especially the youths believed that they can be harnessed to become a tech hub of Africa in the 21st century.