Taraba Firms Tasked on Graduate Internship
Jalingo — Firms in Taraba State have been called upon to register and key into the federal government’s SURE-P graduates’ internship scheme (GIS) in order to provide platform for unemployed graduates in the state benefit from the programme.
Project Director of the scheme, Peter Papka, who made the call in Jalingo during a one day sensitization forum for firms in Taraba State, observed that many unemployed graduates from the state are yet to benefit from the scheme due to non availability of qualified
registered firms from the state.
He said of the 16 firms that registered with scheme from the state, none of them got the approval due to their inability to meet the GIS criteria.
According to him, the sensitization forum aims at enlightening the participating firms of the benefits of the scheme as well as acquaints them with the procedures required to take part in the scheme.
“Also, out of the 221 graduates that registered in the state, only two have been matched to firms and only one was actually hired. Clearly, there is an urgent need for more firms to partipate in this programme and take graduates out of the labour market”, he added.
He said the objective of the GIS scheme was to enhance employability of at least 50,000 unemployed graduates from across the federation by improving their skills base through work placement.
“Under the scheme, graduates will be placed in profit organizations, non-profit organizations and selected government agencies on one year internship. The federal government will be responsible for paying a monthly stipend of N25, 000 to them while the participating
institutions will be expected to provide adequate opportunity for work and mentoring”, he explained.
He advised firms as well as unemployed graduates between ages 18 and 40, who have completed their mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC) and willing to take part in the scheme to log on to www.wyesurep.gov.ng to complete their registration or email:
Papka disclosed that about 104,200 unemployed graduates and 2,800 firms have so far registered on the GIS portal with only 35 percent of the firms meeting up with the minimum requirement for participation in the scheme.
He said firms such as Dangote Group, UBA, Keystone Bank, Afrihub, Nigeria Flour Mills and Chi Pharmaceutical have already keyed into the scheme in demonstration of their commitment to government’s efforts in creating jobs for unemployed youths in the country.