The National Youth Service Corps has launched a curriculum Vitae (CV) web repository and job portal in furtherance of its drive to increase opportunities for fresh graduates.
The portal, which is an initiative of the NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) team and a group of Corps members, was launched by the Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General S. Z Kazaure, in Lagos recently.
The portal is aimed at providing the links between outgoing corps members seeking white collar jobs and employers of labour who desire to employ qualified graduates based on their jobs specifications.
Kazaure, in his remarks pointed out that, despite the obvious difficulty of securing white collar jobs and the overriding benefits of self-employment, a good number of graduates were still inclined to trying their luck with paid employment.
â€œWhich is why management considers it appropriate to buy into the idea of helping Corps members to package themselves for employability in the highly competitive labour market,â€ he explained.
He added: â€œThe portal we are launching will among other benefits, serve as a platform for Corps members to get information on job vacancies and market themselves to prospective employers, serve as a large pool for employers searching for suitable candidates, and provide means of verification of credentials.â€
The NYSC boss stressed that the scheme was initiated to empower corps members.
He also said there had been in-camp and off-camp trainings in various skill areas, in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry.
The Vice President, Business Development West, Sigma Pensions Limited, Mrs. Mabel George who expressed satisfaction over the programme said: â€œOur job is basically about helping people to plan for their future and with this portal it makes everyone employable.
â€œWe are so excited that people can get employed and in turn have savings for their future. I see this as a wonderful initiative by the NYSC. We are here pledging our continuous support to this cause and anything that is going to help this country to become greater we always want to play a part of it.â€
In launching this portal, the NYSC partnered Dragnet Solutions, Blogme Nigeria Limited, Gr8jobs Limited, Sigma Pensions and Diamond bank plc.