Edo State Government has commenced a three weeks employability skills training for 150 youths in its Career Kickstarter programme to equip them with relevant technical and soft skills for the workplace.
The stateâ€™s Skills Development platform, EdoJobs, organised the training after short-listing participants from its database. The 150 youths are the second batch of trainees under the Career Kickstarter programme, being executed by GidiJobs.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Skills Development and Jobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said that the Career KickStarter Programme was developed to help disadvantaged youths become competitive and employable within the job market.
â€œIt is a career building platform aimed at bridging the gap between the knowledge gained from the formal education sector and the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to function effectively in todayâ€™s global work environment,â€ she said.
She noted that the initiative is being championed in a bid to create 200,000 jobs by 2020 by the Governor Godwin Obaseki led-administration, adding that the training will culminate in a jobs fare.
According to her, the modules to be taken includes, business writing, accounts for non-Accountants, problem-solving and use of initiative, workplace ethics and telephone etiquette, professional dress sense and confidence building.
Others, she said, are excellence in customer service, selling skills and Information and Communication Technology skills.
She said the target is for beneficiaries to become directly engaged/self-sufficient upon completion of their training.