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Alliance for Youth Nigeria empowers over 11,000 young Nigerians in one year

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Compact Network Nigeria, U-Connect HR Limited and Sterling One Foundation
Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International as partner
accordance with the Alliance’s objective of reaching 250,000 young Nigerians
Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, Big Bottling Company, the United Nations Global
with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Lagos State
The vocational skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed in
four skillsets –Solar panel installation, Graphics Design (Designs, social media
organizationspassionate about working together to help young people around
over 350 young Nigerians in Lagos and Kano States. The training, which covered
employment or set up businesses of their own within 3 years. This objective,
with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them secure gainful
commitment to work together to address the challenges of youth unemployment
As the world marks the International Youth Day, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria
hasannounced the conclusion of a vocational skills training program reaching
their own enterprise. Members of the Alliancefor Youth Nigeria include Nestlé
and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up,
which was announced during the launch of the Alliance, is in line with their
the country acquire the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work or create
in the country with the associated social and economic impact.
aromatherapy and massage), were delivered in collaboration with Whitefield
Launched in August 2021, the Alliance is a business-driven movement of




Since inception, the Alliance has reached over 11,000 young Nigerians with
intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 reaching 590
Projects delivered include:
(designs, social media and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and
joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work
•Vocational skills training, covering solar panel installation, graphics design
Alliance, high-flyers of the vocational skills training were gifted start-up kits to
employability and entrepreneurial trainings, internship and mentoring
The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in
ensure the immediate take-off of their businesses. High-flyers from the graphics
•Employability trainings for fresh graduates in April and June 2022,
sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent
Celebrating the International Youth Day and first-year anniversary of the
resumes, developing interpersonal skills, developing an entrepreneurial
mindset etc, and reaching over 610
for the world of work, effective communication etc, in May and June 2022
opportunities and job placements.
•Soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and
Beauty Care (make up, aromatherapy and massage), in Lagos and Kano
reaching over 9,600 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun and FCT
experience, internships, readiness-for-work training, and mentoring
•Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management,
Sustainable Development Goal 8 -to promote sustained, inclusive, and
problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset
orientation camps
states in August 2022 reaching over 350
covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning
work for all by 2030.
effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, emotional
opportunities and are committed to contributing towards the United Nations
design training were provided laptops, those from the Beauty, massage and aromatherapy training were provided make-up tool kits and massage beds while
Also speaking at the event, Mr. Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect
According to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement and Learning Manager Jobberman
We urge stakeholders to take collective action in promoting the Sustainable
requires unprecedented levels of collaboration between key partners. The
Nigeria, “Youth in every society have the potential to stimulate economic growth,
objectives. The provision of start-up kits to young people who excelled in the
we have built the framework and alliances that will help us deliver on our
independence in order to increase labour and economic productivity in Nigeria.
investment towards their employability, engagement and empowerment is very
social progress and national development. The Alliance for Youth Nigeria is
For Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Nigeria,
one year, reaching 11,000 youth. Yes, we are still a long way from our target, but
Human Resources Limited said, “Youth are the future of the nation. Every
Nigeria PLC said, “Youth are the future of our world and Nestlé is determined
or becoming self-employed. The testimonials from beneficiaries will continue to
Alliance serves as a catalyst for reducing unemployment and promoting youth
their vocation.
Speaking at the award ceremony, Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé
high-flyers from the installation trainings were awarded complete toolboxes for
motivate us to do more”.
“Our one-yearanniversary is proof that advancing decent work for youth
critical for the society’s good and sustainable progress”.
help young people develop their skills so they can find jobs or create their own
and committed to working with stakeholders and likeminded organizations to
providing an ecosystem of learning where young Nigerians can upskill by
acquiring 21st century skills that will increase their chances of getting employed
vocational skills training is a significant step in the right direction”.
“We are delighted with the progress we have made as an Alliance in the past
Development goals, particularly SDG 4, 8 and 9.”.

In his comments, ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, The Big Bottling Company
Alliance in promoting economic opportunities for young Nigerians”.
Limited, said, “Investment in young people support economic empowerment of
Development, the Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister, Oluwakemi
added advantage and keep them better positioned for the continuous benefit of
and underemployed in Nigeria, young people need the right skills and
model we are familiar with now. It is imperative that Nigerian youth equip and
awareness of major concerns that impact on young people, particularly as
On behalf of other participants, Oluwakemi Olatunfe, who participated in the
experience to help them in a rapidly changing economic landscape and the
decent work. The Ministry commends the effort and investment of the
related to health, education and employment while celebrating the potential of
providing the unique opportunity for the training and upskilling of young
Areola, said, “In the next 10 years, jobs would have evolved from the traditional
she promised to fully utilize the training and the kitto start up her business,
congratulating Nigerian youths, remains committed to supporting their
thereby adding value to herself and her family.
issues to the attention of the international and national communities, raising
the nation and world at large. The Big Bottling Company Limited, while
aspirations for growth”.
The International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth
With over 13.9 million youths unemployed and millions in unstable employment
In a statement on behalf of the HonorableMinister of Youth and Sports
youth as partners in today’s global society.
upskill themselves with the necessary skills (digital and vocational) to give them
training in the Beauty category, commended the Alliance member companies for
Nigerians. Particularly delighted at the start-up kit awarded her by the Alliance,
Alliance for Youth Nigeria is committed to continued investment in young people
for a better future.

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