Nestle Nigeria, Partners Boost Youth Entrepreneurship

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Peter Uzoho

Nestle Nigeria has partnered with Imperial Integrated Consulting to deliver the 6th edition of the National Career Fair, an annual capacity building programme aimed at empowering the youth to become successful employees, entrepreneurs, agripreneurs and game changers in the country.

According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) an estimate of 13.1 per cent of the world’s young people are unemployed. In Nigeria where over 50 per cent of the population are youths, the rate of unemployment was at 25.6 per cent in 2016 according to the World Bank Group.

Nestle believes that communities cannot thrive if they cannot offer a secure future for younger generations.
“As a global company, we are determined to help young people develop employability and entrepreneurial skills and gain the required experience to help them find jobs or create their own businesses. We are convinced that these efforts will go a long way to help build thriving, resilient communities that support the UN sustainable development goals,” says Mr. Mauricio Alarcon, MD/CEO of Nestle Nigeria.

The National Career Fair provides a platform for the convergence of undergraduates, graduates, entrepreneurs and job seekers as well as major corporations, government agencies and small and medium scale firms to explore opportunities for reducing the growing rate of unemployment in Nigeria.

For the convener of the National Career Fair, Mr. Oluwaseun Shogbamu, the National Career Fair is a vision worth pursuing for the good of the Nigerian youth.

“We are very excited about this edition which we expect will open up many opportunities. We are very happy to be contributing to the society for the past 6 years and are committed to continuing on this journey,” he said.

The Fair which is scheduled to hold in several states across the country including Lagos, Oyo, Akwa-Ibom, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory, starts in Lagos today 7th December 2017 at the main auditorium of the University of Lagos. This year’s event tagged ‘The Bold Move’ will include expert coaching sessions, panel discussions, networking, exhibitions, Job/internship interviews and CV assessment clinics.

HR professionals, career development coaches and youth leaders expected at the event include Nestle Nigeria’s Eniola Joshua who will be moderating the panel discussion on ‘The Bold Move for Corporate Governance and Leadership.’

As a major contributor to the national economy, Nestle Nigeria has continued to support youth empowerment through its Creating Shared Value(CSV) initiatives including the technical training program, and the MY Own Business(MYOWBU) project which have, cumulatively, reached over 1,300 youth since 2010.