We are proud to present to you the participants of the first batch of the KEC Graduate Advancement Programme (GAP) Network for 2018! We truly salute and celebrate these 19 finalists who were selected from a pool of 255 applicants for the programme. We say well done!
The journey indeed has been a very rigorous, yet exciting one for both the Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC) and the finalists as well. In April 2018, we announced the GAP Network during the maiden edition of our Career Workshop. We wanted to create a platform to engage participants beyond the Workshop, hence, we created the KEC Mentorship Series which is a platform to discuss career and personal development with them. To date, we have held 2 editions of the series. Most importantly, we decided that a network should be created which would provide a support system for young graduates. Hence, the GAP Network.
The Network is intended to address 3 critical areas that young Nigerian graduates face – lack of skills, unemployment/underemployment, and limited employment opportunities as a result of a poor social network. The finalists are enrolled into the Network as Graduate Members and will undergo a 6-week rigorous programme entailing; 2-weeks employability skills training and 4-weeks job shadowing with a credible organisation.
Two hundred and fifty-five (255) young graduates applied to join the programme. However, only 144 met the selection criteria and were screened. Ninety-six (96) candidates wrote the online test and 81 passed and were invited for the final interview selection. The 19 finalists were selected and today, they were gathered at the Knowledge Exchange Centre Training School to participate in the opening and orientation programme.
We would like to thank all our sponsors and partners for their support thus far – Ford Foundation, Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, XL Africa Group, XL Outsourcing, Integrated cash Management Systems (ICMS), Multishield, Checki.com.ng, Laterna, TRW Consult, Nigerian Development Foundation(NDF), Kairos Business Services and RIMAN.
On behalf of the Chairman Board of Trustees, Mr. Charles Nwodo Jnr. and staff of KEC, we extend a warm welcome to Batch 1 of the GAP Network for 2018.