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CSOs urge Jobberman to apply equity in training Kaduna youths on soft skills September 15, 2022 by Jaami-al khair

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Kaduna, Sept.115, 2022 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Kaduna have urged Jobberman Nigeria, a career platform, to observe equity in training Kaduna youths on soft skills.

The News Agency of Nigeria, reports that Jobberman Nigeria, had partnered the Kaduna State Government to train 1.5 million youths across the state on soft skills.

Soft skills entail how to write marketable curriculum vitae, personnel effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, and employability skills.

Others are emotional intelligence, critical thinking, problem solving,creativity and idea creation.

Mr Emmanuel Bonnet, representative of the CSOs, made the call for equity on training while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria at the sideline of a meeting on the signing of MoU between Jobberman Nigeria and Kaduna State
Government.

The meeting, held at the state’s Planning and Budget Comission, with relevant stakeholders on the training.

The meeting was also to discuss the line of action by introducing all the partners to the committee by Jobberman Nigeria.

Bonnet noted that the idea to train the youths in the state with soft skills was timely and welcomed.

 

He said to be equitable, only those who required soft skills should be selected, noting that it was inappropriate for those who already had one or more skills to be selected for the training.

He advised that the training of beneficiaries should be de-politicised, to ensure that those selected were worthy and merited, not candidates sent by politicians or other high ranking individuals in the society.

He added that the selection criteria for the training must be clear to the people even before it reached their communities, to meet their expectations.

He explained that by doing so, the people would not have high expectations over what Jobberman was actually not providing.

Bonnet called for mechanisms to be put in place to ensure that those who needed the skills were mostly selected.

He also called for robust enlightenment campaign to educate the people on the training and for who and why.

“The people need to know the local government the Jobberman will be working, how and when they will be working and closing; when young people have that idea, it will limit their expectations,” he said.

Earlier during the meeting, Mr Ahmed Alaga, the Programme Manager, Jobberman, said 70 per cent of the 1.5 million youths targeted for the training between 2022 and 2025 would be young girls.

 

He said that the training would be conducted at no cost to the government, adding, however, that the state government would provide facilities for the conduct of the exercise and mobilise the youth to key-in.

He explained that the training was very critical in view of the huge soft skills gap among young people, making it difficult for them to secure jobs.

He noted the lack of sufficient jobs, adding that young people didn’t get the few available jobs because they lacked requisite soft skills.

According to him, the soft skills will ensure that young people secure employment at appropriate places fitting their skills.

He said that the training would be delivered through physical sessions across the 23 local government areas of the state, depending on accessibility, and other online platforms.

Alaga said after the training, the youths would be linked to job opportunities in Kaduna and beyond through the Jobberman pathway, leveraging partnerships with the government and employer partners.

According to him, Jobberman will also work with the government to establish an employment consortium to drive employer/partner attraction strategy.

He said this would increase the number of jobs posted, leveraging the Jobberman platform.

He said they will also be organising career/job fairs where mass recruitment and linkages could occur, thereby giving employers access to qualified job seekers.

Also, the Permanent Secretary of the Kaduna Planning and Budget Comission, Mr Bashir Muhammad, said the training was in line with the state commitment to prioritise human capital development.

He said Kaduna state, being the third most populous in the country, the government had undertaken initiatives to place its youths into gainful employment.

According to him, the partnership will go a long way in addressing youth’s unemployment which is in line with the vision of transforming the state into a knowledge-based economy.

NAN reports that adverts, venue, mobilisation and youths engagement subcommittees were created during the meeting to facilitate ease and success of the training.

Some of the stakeholders saddled with statutory responsibilities of ensuring success of the training are the Ministries of Local Government, and Human Services and Social Development.

 

Other are Kaduna Enterprise Development Agency, Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency and the Ministry of Business Innovation and Technology, among others.