Nigeria, Germany takes 200,000 Nigerian youth off labour market with training in skills

The collaboration of both the federal government and the German government have assisted in taking about 200,000 Nigerian youths from the labour market.

The collaboration which is in the areas of training in arts, fashion, painting, baking, ICT, fishery among others, also provide working tools for the trained youths.

Speaking at one of the sponsored programmes, an Art Exhibition of 10 Nigerian youths in Abuja, the Director, Employment and Wages, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. John Nyamali revealed that since there are few collar jobs available for teeming Nigerian youths the federal government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment collaborated with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through GIZ to train them on skills and subsequently equipped them to be self employed and reduce the employment burden.

He said: ‘The federal government through the Ministry of Labour and Employment in collaborating with GIZ in creating employment through skill development. They are assisting to build skills of the youths, as we are all aware there are no white collar jobs.

‘We are collaborating and training them in arts, fashion, painting, baking, ICT, fishery . We have trained close to 200,000 so far.‘

Also speaking at the occasion, the Team Leader, GIZ Programme Migration for Development (PME), Sandra Vermuijten, said “our affinity to skills development and the improvement of income generation opportunities for youth as well as our appreciation for arts and culture in Nigeria are the motivation for PME to collaborate with Artstier Studio in Abuja. We are very please with the successful completion of the fourth round of the online competition Made in Nigeria aimed at supporting emerging art talents.”

She noted that 80 young artists have been assisted at the three previous editions, adding that the 10 young artists in this edition, made in Nigeria sponsored by the Nigerian-German Centre for Job, Migration and Reintegration (NGC), a cooperation between Nigerian and German Governments that aimed to support unemployed and underemployed youths and returning migrants with employment opportunities and economic and social reintegration would be assisted to become big in the industry.

She said the NGC is working in collaboration with the Migrants Resource Centre of the Federal Ministry of Labour, stating that: “We provide a wide variety of different services for people to get into jobs and the creative industry is an important generator of employment in Nigeria and we believe there is the need for innovative creative language around topics of employment and job creation and this type of exhibition also contribute to that and for the young artistes that participated we supported them with working tools.’

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Blank NEWS Online founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Albert Eruorhe Ograka, is a Graduate of Mass Communication. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism (IIJ).

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