As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, a leading logistic firm, DHL Global Forwarding Nigeria and SOS Children’s Villages, an NGO on child welfare, have partnered to provide skills acquisition initiative for youths in the country. The partnership is aimed at enhancing the empowerment and provision of career opportunities for the youth by providing them with career exposure, mentoring, job shadowing and work experience.
To this end, the logistic firm was said to have raised 12 Nigerian youth through provision of skills and temporary employment. DHL management stated that this was necessary to expose them to some level of experience before seeking employment or be on their own as entrepreneurs.
Speaking on the partnership with SOS, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Nigeria, Heather Frankle, said in most cases, young people lacked direction and were unaware of the necessary skills they needed to make them competitive in the labour market, adding that, this was even more difficult for those who came from a challenging socio-economic background.
She said: “We’ve been working with the SOS children villages here in Nigeria for many years before 2015. It was just that last year the partnership was formally recorgnised by the parent body. DHL supported SOS to the tune of $20,000, adding that the impact of the fund has been assessed, nothing that supporting an organization should not be restricted to monetary donation.”
She explained that DHL has taken its Corporate Social Responsibility to the next level by partnering with SOS to provide homes and financial support to families.
According to a statement, the two organisations are partnering to support children in the SOS children’s villages, as well as support the less privileged mothers to ensure they have the necessary skills with which to start small business that will enable them to cater for their families.
Frankle said DHL loves going to the village to support families, stressing that the firm wants to ensure that people are aware of this good work.
She said DHL is doing a lot in terms of youth empowerment to ensure that young Nigerians acquire the needed skills and experience.
She said: “we also give young people entrepreneurial training. It is sad to see people in their late 20s and 30s not having opportunity to work in a formal environment.
SOS Finance & Control Adviser, Tunde Irunukhar, said the DHL-SOS project, which is carried out in SOS Children’s Villages, was launched in April 2015 and has been hugely successful
Irunukhar said it has supported students with school fees and 250 young people with employability programmes.
He revealed that the initiative is a three year programme, stressing that SOS is constantly interfacing with government to empower the Nigerian youth, adding that through the programme, 5643 children have been empowered.