The need to tackle youth unemployment is getting some attention through a collaboration between the American Tower Corporation, the Lagos State Government through the State’s Employment Trust Fund, and Jobberman. They have partnered to train about 120 youths in key digital skills and get them employed and so far, they say the initiative has succeeded in placing 88% of them in jobs.
According to Olalekan Olude, Jobberman co-founder, “This synergy is a perfect one considering that American Towers Corporatlion and LSETF decided to leverage on the unique advantage of Jobberman, the biggest jobs website in Sub- Saharan Africa with over 60,000 employers, to train the underserved youth in skills that can shape their lives and place them in quality jobs. We, at Jobberman, are extremely focused on helping Nigerians get quality jobs and improve their quality of life.”
This was contained in a statement after the 3rd cohort of the 2 month long programme tagged Upskill in Makoko, Yaba. Currently 8 training centres have been constructed in Makoko, Agege, and Ajah and other parts of Lagos with plans to have more than 10 across Lagos State.
With the success of this partnership, Jobberman and American Towers Company have plans to extend this model across the country.
UpSkill is an employability development initiative powered by American Towers Corporation, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and Jobberman to give unemployed young people skills in web design, digital marketing, photography and graphic design, and source employment for them afterwards.