Kick start your career with the GAP Network

The GAP Network will provide graduate members access to job opportunities through our partner organisation.

Edge up on personal and professional growth

Be exposed to gaining invaluable skills that opens up countless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Be among the top work-ready graduates

Be a part of a programme that develops work-ready graduates employers are looking for in today's job market.

2 Weeks Employability Training

Graduates Members will go through 2 weeks (10 days) of intensive training covering over 16 employability courses. The courses have been designed to equip participants with the 21st century skills which are required by employers of labour.

4 Weeks of Job Shadowing

Graduates Members will have the opportunity to put into practice some of the skills they have learnt in class. This will also provide the participants with a chance to gain relevant work experience that will position them for their next job.

Job Matching

The GAP Network will provide graduate members access to job opportunities through our partner organisation. They will be able to meet with different organisations during a job fair which will be organised by KEC at the graduation ceremony.

About GAP Network

The Graduate Advancement Programme (GAP) Network is an intervention that addresses three critical areas that plague young graduates: lack of skills, unemployment or underemployment and lack of employment opportunities.
These issues are addressed in a structured way through the GAP Network support system that affords participants to interact with Trainers, Counsellors, Mentors, Human Resource Managers, Employers of labour and other professionals to provide composite skills graduates require to gain employment and grow their careers.

GAP Network is a six-week intensive programme that will expose graduates to two weeks employability skills training; one month job shadowing; career counselling and mentorship sessions so that they will be thoroughly prepared for the work environment. At the end of the programme, Graduate Members would work with KEC Career Service Unit and KEC partners to be matched with an employer.

Programme Structure

Screening & Selection of Candidates

All applications will be screened and candidates that meet the conditions for selection will be enrolled into the programme.

2 weeks Training

Graduates Members will go through 2 weeks (10 days) of intensive training covering over 16 employability courses

4 weeks Job Shadowing

Graduates Members will have the opportunity to put into practice some of the skills they have learnt in class.

Job Matching

The GAP Network will provide graduate members access to job opportunities through our partner organisation.

GAP Network Schedule

DAYS COURSES TIME FACILITATOR
Friday 3rd August Registration 8:00am – 9:00am Fola Adewunmi
Opening ceremony & orientation 9:00am – 11:00am Maria Glover
Mind Orientation/ Programme Briefing 11:00am – 3:00pm David Boluwatife
WEEK ONE (TRAINING)
Monday 6th August Problem solving 9:00am - 1:00pm Maria Glover
Time Management 1:30pm - 3:00pm Maria Glover
Tuesday 7th August Effective CV writing/Cover letter 9:00am - 11:30am Osuorah Valentine
Interview skills 11:45am - 1:30pm Osuorah Valentine
Job Hunting Strategy 2:00pm - 3:30pm Aghogho Akporido
Wednesday 8th August Business Communication 9:00am - 1:00pm Maria Glover
Customer Service Skills 1:30pm - 3:30pm Edith Ifeyinwa
Thursday 9th August Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 9:00am - 4:00pm Yomi Aledare
Friday 10th August Presentation Skills 9:00am - 3:30pm Fola Adelesi
WEEK TWO (TRAINING)
Monday 13th August Team Work and Collaboration Skills 9:00am - 3:30pm Fajimi Babatunde
Tuesday 14th August Personal Development and Career Plan 9:00am - 3:30pm Adebayo Adegun
Wednesday 15th August Creativity and Innovation 9:00am - 3:30pm Maria & Aghogho
Thursday 16th August Effective Digital Marketing Skills 9:00am - 1:00pm Emmanuel Emeh
Marketing and Sales 1:30pm - 3:30pm Nakpodia Kelvin
Friday 17th August Emotional Intelligence 9:00am - 1:00pm Edith Ifeyinwa
Work Place Etiquette 1:30pm - 3:30pm Henry Awodele
WEEK THREE (CAREER/MENTORSHIP SESSION)
Monday – Thursday 20 – 23, August Career Session
Friday, 24th August KEC Mentorship Series
(Identify the right mentor and using the relationship
as a tool for building a successful career)
10:00am – 12:00noon Seun Bamisile
Chizoba Onwuzolum
WEEK FOUR - WEEK EIGHT (JOB SHADOW)
Monday 27 Aug – Friday 21 Sept Job Shadowing
WEEK NINE (GRADUATION)
Friday 28th September Graduation Ceremony/Job fair 10:00am – 1:00pm

Your value does not diminish because of someone's inability to see your worth

Criteria to become a Graduate Member of the GAP Network

To participate in this programme as a Graduate Member, candidates must:

  • Have a minimum of 5 credits O' Level & O' Level equivalent results including Maths and English.
  • Have a university degree (or equivalent HND).
  • Have completed National Youth Service Corp (NYSC).
  • Be between the age range of 21 – 35.
  • Be resident or able to provide accommodation for themselves in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • Pass the online test.

Benefits

Graduates who become members of the GAP network and actively participate in the Programme shall have

  1. Access to a well-structured support system consisting a wide variety of professionals from various fields and industries.
  2. Increased chances of employment and internship opportunities with interactions from HR managers, recruitment firms and employers of labour.
  3. Access to continuous training and personal development/capacity building programmes.
  4. Participate in KEC Mentoring Programme at the end of the 6 weeks.
  5. Receive support with building a personal development and career plan.
  6. Have access to articles, newsletters and reports.
  7. Opportunity to join GAP social media (Whatsapp/facebook) exclusive group.
  8. Opportunity to attend regular career counselling sessions.
  9. Access to mock interview sessions to prepare for Interviews.
  10. Gain access to CV make-overs.
  11. Have LinkedIn make-overs.
  12. Opportunity to promote self within the network.
  13. Access to free career workshops/conferences.
  14. Periodic review of career journey.
  15. Receive GAP certificate at the end of the training.
  16. Join KEC GAP Network Alumni Association
  17. Access to KEC library

Registration for Non-Graduate Members (Professional and Corporate Partners).

The GAP Network seeks to enrol as many professional and corporate partners as possible to enrich the network thereby providing quality support to the Graduate Members.
The following categories of partners are required:

Benefits

The following are some of the benefits that partners would enjoy from joining the network:

  1. Have access to fresh talents for employment, internship and volunteering opportunities from a database of well-trained graduates thereby reducing cost of training new staff.
  2. Personal and career development opportunity by being in a knowledge community and by developing younger ones through training, mentoring, counselling etc.
  3. Opportunity to invest and mentor young graduates from various disciplines within the network.
  4. Opportunity to support a worthy cause aimed at increasing the skills and competencies of young Nigerian graduates to give them have a better future.
  5. Fulfil personal and/or corporate social goals by giving back to the society.
  6. Network and share business opportunities with other partners within the network.
  7. Attend courses organised by KEC to build members’ capacities or those of their relatives and/or employees thereby increasing efficiency and productivity without increasing training budget.
  8. Free access to KEC Library and 50% discount to use of KEC training facilities.
  9. Opportunity to associate brand with the GAP network.

Career Counsellors

This constitute individuals or institutions specialised in providing career and job advice to the graduates. They will be responsible for holding regular clinic sessions with the graduates primarily at KEC facilities or other pre-agreed locations.
Requirements to be a Career Counsellor:

  1. Must be a qualified Career/Guidance Counsellor or have experience in providing career advice for job seekers at graduate level
  2. Must be either an experienced Human Resource Manager/Recruiter or have experience at a senior level in a Job Centre or Career Advisory Service at a Tertiary Institution
  3. Must possess a minimum first degree
  4. Must have good knowledge of the labour market and trends
  5. Not less than 10 years working experience

Mentors

This constitute professionals from various disciplines, industry leaders and business owners who desire to provide one-to-one support to graduate members by mentoring them in their specific career fields.
Requirements to be a Mentor:

  1. Must be a professional
  2. Must be at managerial level and above
  3. Must have no less than 10 years’ experience in a chosen field
  4. Must possess a minimum first degree and/or professional qualification
  5. Must have good industry knowledge and trends

Human Resource Managers

This constitute professionals in Human Resources who desire to provide recruitment, labour, talent and human resource advice and support to graduate members to enable them develop their careers and gain employment.
Requirements to be Human Resource Partner

  1. Must be a Human Resource professional
  2. Must be at managerial level
  3. Must have no less than 5 years’ experience in Human Resources
  4. Must possess a minimum first degree and/or professional qualification in Human Resources (CIPM)
  5. Must have good knowledge of the labour market and HR trends

Employer Partners

This constitute organisations who would like to provide Graduate Members with a one month Job Shadowing opportunity in their companies. The Job Shadowing is designed to provide Graduate Members to build their core skills that would help them increase their competencies. These are the skills required to help them become gainfully employed.
Requirements to be an Employer Partner

  1. Company must be duly registered with CAC
  2. Must have a corporate Office located in Lagos
  3. Must be an equal opportunity employer

Sponsor a Graduate

If you would like to sponsor a Graduate to participate in this programme, please contact us via email at info@knowledgeexchangecentre.org, or call 0705-929-3437.

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