Nigeria Jubilee Fellowship Programme launched to help 20,000 graduates with post-COVID-19 job search
The programme will place young Nigerians in private and public sector organisations across the country.
Rising unemployment and the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic are just two factors that are affecting the ability of graduates in Nigeria to find work. In response, the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Office of the Vice President and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently launched the Nigeria Jubilee Fellows Programme, an initiative that will match 20,000 highly skilled graduates with yearlong job placements in public and private sectors, across multiple industries and sectors.
According to one 2019 estimate, about 25 million graduates remain unemployed across the country. NJFP aims to bridge this gap between young, talented Nigerians, and local opportunities that will help them to succeed as they begin their career.
The NJFP application is on. This is a 12-month fully paid programme designed to enhance graduates’ employability; build leadership, entrepreneurial and on-the-job skills; and expose them to real-world business environments. Graduates are able to better understand the needs, challenges and realities that companies face, and learn how best to address them. The long-term goal would be for the Fellows to feel that they are playing a meaningful part in growing the private and public sector landscape, helping to shape the future of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, participating companies are connected directly to graduates to find the best young talent that Nigeria offers. Once matched, they are able to welcome a talented and skilled young person to their team for a year, with salary covered by the programme.
Accroding to the official release, this fellowship is designed to help fresh NYSC graduates with zero work experience, who often find it challenging to break into the professional world.
We will be opening up applications in the coming weeks. Watch this space for more announcements! — The NJFP team