The rate of unemployment in Nigeria: prospects and challenges What should be the specific innovations, programmes and approaches to improve the graduate employability in Nigeria?

The rate of unemployment in Nigeria: prospects and challenges

What should be the specific innovations, programmes and approaches to improve the graduate employability in Nigeria?

My dear compatriot, Dr. Nkechi Amadi, that’s what we’ve been talking about since Monday last week. You may grab lots of interesting points from: last week’s Employability discussions summary http://discourse.col.org/t/the-discussion-thus-far-week-1-summary/604; What are the strengths and weaknesses of current education systems http://discourse.col.org/t/what-are-the-strengths-and-limitations-of-current-education-systems/448/21, and other topics. Uditha Ratnayake is here to share their strategies for successfully making their graduates employable in Sri Lanka, which can be replicated in Nigeria.

We have highly experienced and motivated discussants in this online meeting. So, I believe additional powerful ideas will trail your questions. You’re welcome on board.

Unemployment is a major international concern as outlined by ILO. Each country has its unique challenges. In my country, the Seychelles, unemployment is fairly low, at around 3% but youth unemployment is another matter in itself because it is currently the highest in the country which is about 14%. Many attempts are being made to address the problem such as special employment schemes for young people and the construction of a technical school to train school leavers in meaningful occupations.

Many thanks for this John,

In your opinion are their any attempts (to address youth unemployment) - schemes / programmes etc that appear to be more successful than others?

One of the issue with some of the graduates are only good in theoretical knowledge. As i have heard some companies prefer to hire from technical institutes than graduates.

Agreed @cnaleen One way we are trying to address this in the UK is through apprenticeship degrees. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts about this:

http://info1.open.ac.uk/degree-apprenticeships-guide

I went through the link and it is a nice move, it is inevitable that there are lot of obstacles when a new concept need to be implemented. If I can help you by any mean on any of these kind of projects, I am happy to volunteer. Because I feel that we should share our knowledge whenever it is possible. If these discussions are disabled on 12th July, you can use my email, cnaleen@gmail.com. :+1:

Thank you very much Naleen.