No fewer than 4,000 unemployed graduates have been placed on N40,000 monthly salary for six months by the Lagos State Government.
The government disclosed that the latest programme was implemented through the ministry’s Graduate Internship Placement Programme (GIPP).
Our correspondent gathered that no fewer than 4,000 unemployed graduates have been placed on N40,000 monthly salary for six months by the Lagos State Government.
This was made known by the Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke.
Arobieke made the disclosure during the 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of the Second Year in Office of Governor Bababjide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday.
The Commissioner disclosed that the latest development was implemented through the ministry’s Graduate Internship Placement Programme (GIPP) intended to address the challenge of unemployment among unemployed graduates in Lagos State.
According to her, the programme, which was planned to last for six months, was meant to expose interns to a particular job, profession or industry and enhance networking in the state.
Arobieke added that through the initiative, interns will be given the opportunity to excel and possibly learn a job with the organisation; as they are exposed to professional skills and interpersonal relationships in a structured setting.
The Commissioner said, ”The GIPP is meant to assist Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and other companies to choose from the state’s database of groomed talent/interns, to enhance productivity and boost their businesses, thereby, promoting economic growth at no cost through the intervention of the state government.
”A total of 51,514 graduates applied for the internship online, over 1,932 companies indicated interest to onboard the interns after their training and 4,736 applicants attempted the Online Assessment Test.
”About 1,000 candidates who scored a minimum of 60 per cent were invited for the first tranche of the employability skills training, while 4,000 interns are targeted to be placed on a monthly stipend of N40,000 for six months.
”You will agree with me that the state government under Sanwo-Olu is leaving no stone unturned in mitigating the unemployment scourge.”
Arobieke further disclosed that the ministry’s Employability Department, during the period under review, organised youth-focused programmes which included the ”Mindset Re-Orientation Programme”
She noted that the programme was aimed at reorientating the mindset of the unemployed youths in facing the realities of the present-day labour market, stressing that observations have shown that the number of unemployed youths seeking employment and particularly, white-collar jobs outnumbers the vacancies required to be filled.