Twenty-one years after the first Venture in Management Programme (ViMP) class was inaugurated by Junior Achievement Nigeria (JA Nigeria) in a partnership with Lagos Business School (LBS), the programme is still preparing university graduates for successful entry into the world of work.
The 21st edition sponsored by Parthian Partners and supported by Verraki Partners, is a one-week intensive programme which introduced 100 selected members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to the different facets of managing a business, making crucial business decisions, and developing skills for management.
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According to a statement from JAN and its partners, the programme prepares future business leaders for the responsibilities, opportunities and demands of tomorrow’s business world.
Commenting on ViMP, the Executive Director, JA Nigeria, Foluso Gbadamosi, said according to a survey by Oliver Wyman, youths needed to improve in diverse skills such as digital skills, communication, critical thinking, team work and get work experience to be job ready.
“This programme bestows young graduates with all of these and more. I would like to thank the sponsor, Parthian Partners, for enabling us to equip young people with these crucial life skills they need for success,” he said.
The Head, Human Resources, Parthian Partners, Adekemi Akinyede, said: “The career-defining experience for the participants has created a high impact on them to become ethical business leaders who will successfully run their own businesses or manage already established businesses.”
Within 21 years, ViMP has graduated over 1,000 alumni who are now leading businesses and social enterprises and participating actively in government.