As part of its commitment to tackling the scourge of unemployment in Lagos State by equipping young people with employable skills, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) held a graduation ceremony for 1,300 youths trained in vocational skills in Lagos.
The newly graduated trainees bring the total number of young people trained under the LSETF Employability Support Project to 5,056 since the two institutions entered into a partnership in 2017.
A statement by LSETF said the project goes beyond training to seeking job opportunities for the trainees and so far 1,707 certified and skilled workmen and women have been employed.
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, said with 60% of Nigeria’s population made up of young people under the age of 35, the future of the country is promising.
“These successful trainees, whom we celebrate here today, have been equipped with world-class skills suitable for critical sectors such as Construction, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Hospitality, Entertainment, Business Support and Garment making”, he added.
In her remarks, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, LSETF, Mrs, Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru said; “We want to make sure that as many of them, as are willing, are empowered and equipped with the right skills. With our partner, UNDP and our technical partner, Arcskills, the LSETF Employability Support Project sought to increase the pool of skilled manpower to alleviate the shortage of skilled workmen and women in Lagos State.”