Lagos, Nigeria April 18, 2018 – The Knowledge Exchange Centre brings together industry leaders, employers of labour, educationists, the government, the non-profit sector, final year students from tertiary institutions and unemployed graduates in a 2-day career workshop and job fair to address the issue of graduate unemployment in Nigeria.
By 2020, the population of youths in Africa is expected to rise to 200 million and by which time only 1 in 4 youths would have a wage paying job. The case is not better in Nigeria as 1.9 million young people graduate from tertiary institutions annually into an already saturated labour market. The labour force in Nigeria is steadily on the increase. The National Bureau of Statistics’ figure revealed an increase from 83.9 million in the second quarter of 2017 to 85.1 million by the 3rd quarter of the same year. Furthermore, the population of unemployed/underemployed people was 18 million and 31.8% of this figure constitute unemployed graduates.
Graduate unemployment has resulted in the frustration of many young people who have become miscreants in the society participating in activities such as kidnapping, armed robbery, militancy, advanced fee fraud (419) etc. In addition, is the mass exodus of youths who leave the country to join the workforce of first world countries such as Europe, United States of America and Canada. Many have been unfortunate to embark on dangerous journeys and have ended up as slaves in Libya or drowned in the merciless Mediterranean Sea. Inaction would only increase social vices and continuous loss of Nigerian youths as aforementioned.
Thankfully, the Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment has endorsed the 2-day career workshop and job fair organised by the Knowledge Exchange Centre. Also, the event is supported by the Ford Foundation, XL Outsourcing, C&I Leasing, Careers24, Crosstie Solutions, WAVE Academy, SWAT Academy and many others. The programme will hold on Friday and Saturday, April 20 – 21, 2018 at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja; 9.00 A.M. each day.
The Knowledge Exchange Centre (KEC) is a corporate social responsibility initiative of the XL Africa Group Limited and a registered NGO with the mission to bridge the skills gap among fresh graduates in Nigeria. To date, the organisation has impacted the lives of over 400 graduates who benefitted from the various interventions and have become gainfully employed or successful business owners. Our programme includes employability and entrepreneurship skills training, internship programmes, conferences/workshops and scholarship awards.
The Executive Secretary,
Maria E. Glover
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