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Microsoft & international development org launch youth employment programme

Microsoft and The Future Project, a development initiative founded by the Nigerian youth engagement company Red Media Africa, have partnered to launch & lsquo;Aiki Nigiera’, a new youth employment programme designed to help young Nigerians to develop the skills they need to go on and be successful business people and entrepreneurs.

The programme has been developed in close collaboration with employers to ensure that the training on offer meets their employability requirements. Through a new network of job openings from across a multitude of industrial sectors job seekers can be matched with appropriate positions.

As part of the programme a new free online portal and career’s advice service, aiki.ng, has also been launched to ensure that even those who live in the remotest rural communities can still access skills training. The portal has been designed to give secondary and tertiary school students with detailed information on how to start a business, job opportunities and accessibility, career tips, capacity building and networking. The portal also offers young Nigerians with training sessions and courses on personal development, consulting, entrepreneurship and project management, and offers one-on-one tailored advice from personal mentors from different occupational fields and mock interviews.

Ugochukwu Nwosu, citizenship manager at Microsoft for Anglophone West Africa, said, “Microsoft takes its citizenship engagement as primary to its work. In working with organisations, technology enthusiasts and governments at every level, we have emphasised the crucial importance of jobs for a new generation of Nigerians. This program is a major step in leading a coordinated solution to this urgent problem.”

Chude Jideonwo, executive director of The Future Project and co-founder of Red Media Africa, said, “The Future Project has always invested in enterprise and expanding opportunities for young people. Five years ago we launched our enterprise support scheme platform to build a community of talented job seekers and help match them to job opportunities. We are thrilled to be partnering with Microsoft to scale up this project. It is our ambition that through the new Aiki Nigeria programme we can help all young Nigerians, no matter where they are, to develop the skills they need to achieve their full potential.”

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