The Federal Government has begun career development and entrepreneurship training for over 50 interns as part of the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS) in Kebbi State.
The Project Director of the scheme, Mr Dennis Chukwu, represented by, Mr Enmehum Peter, ,a Chief Clerical Officer in the Federal Ministry of Finance, at the opening ceremony in Birnin Kebbi on Monday, said the three-day training was to prepare trainees for self employment within one year.
Chukwu said the interns were expected to develop an action plan in their future endeavours.
“The trainees would be trained on evaluating the job market and understanding the process of recruitment, tips for preparing and uploading curriculum vitae portal.
“Other issues included interview, salary negotiations and employment offers; selecting your career, building and monitoring career growth and methods for effective entrepreneurship development,’’ he said.
He urged the interns to refocus their minds into being employers of labour as against being employees, as employment was getting slimmer and competitive.
“We believe that the skill and experience you have acquired through GIS would place you in a position to contribute meaningfully to national development,’’ he added.
The director stressed government’s commitment to the unique scheme and urged that both firms and interns should justify the gesture for the betterment of the country.
He said the exit training was to give the interns a key to be self-employed and employable and also to create jobs themselves.
“So far, 41,161 graduates have benefited from the scheme, with 68 per cent males, 31 females and one per cent vulnerable.
“Over 35,000 have exited the scheme, with thousands of them having secured jobs. Many have secured credit facilities and grants (including YouWin) to expand businesses they set up using GIS stipends, ” he said.
A cross section of the trainees expressed gratitude for the scheme as it exposed them to realise their full potentials which were hitherto hidden.
NAN recalled that graduates recruited underwent orientation training by firms and organisations for 12 months and with entitlement of N30, 000 allowances monthly.