Indication has emerged that Nigeria’s leading employer of labour, Dangote Group of companies and the organization’s partners’ vendors are set to employ over 350 graduates of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) Employability Support Project, following the completion of an eight weeks intensive training exercise.
The Executive Secretary of LSETF, Akintunde Oyebode, who disclosed this to Journalists on Tuesday commended Dangote Group and other partners for the gesture, saying the Employability Support Project, was providing a viable platform to bridge the gap of shortage of skilled and employable labour required to fill the needs of the job market.
He said, “Manpower skills gap remains a significant issue for businesses operating in the State and we are pleased to see that world-class brands are satisfied with the quality of our trainees and the scheme in general.
“I enjoin other corporate organizations to follow Dangote’s lead in recruiting the well trained and certified manpower that the Employability Support Project, has produced and supporting the Lagos State Government in its effort to bridge the unemployment gap in the state.”
Harping on the essence of the job fair recently held in Lagos, the CEO, Arc Skills Nigeria CEO, Amit Washington represented by the General Manager, Mrs Ebunoluwa Bolodeoku said the move by Dangote and its partner vendors to employ trainees of the Employability Support Project, was a testament to the quality of the scheme.
“Today is another milestone for us, one of the many that have been achieved under this project as we march towards creating sustainable employment for our youths. The vision for setting up this project, the first of its kind in Nigeria, is to increase the pool of employable graduates.
“As such, it is fulfilling that a multinational organization of Dangote’s calibre has shown interest in recruiting a large number of our trainees,” she said.
He added that about 150 graduate trainees had also been selected for immediate employment in addition to 600 job commitments from leading organizations such Brickhouse Construction Company, Genesis Cinemas, Crown Nature Plc, David Wej and Construction Kaiser, among several others.
The Employability Support Project, is an initiative of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and it is designed to provide unemployed and underemployed youths in Lagos State with vocational skills training by well-certified and credible training partners.