Igbobi College Old Boys Association’s quest to tackle the menace of rising unemployment in the country partners with Kreateng to organize a job fair, tagged “Career Building: Bridging the gap between education, employment, and employability which was held at the school’s hall in Igbobi-Yaba, Lagos.
While giving his opening remark, CEO Kreateng Africa / event Co-organizer, Adedayo Okunfolami described the job fair as part of the initiative to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the foremost college while building a tradition of noble Nigerians and adding value to the employment of the young ones and empowering them to have better leverage in the society.
Okunfolami explained that the initiative deployed is to alleviate youth unemployment while creating space for an internship or gaining full-time employment.
According to the national bureau of statistics, the unemployment rate stood at 33.3 percent while the youth unemployment rate stood at 42.5 percent.
Hence, the old boys association’s bid to make sure it helps to lessen the severe effect of this rising unemployment scourge.
In recent times, digital technology is one area the youths have shown tremendous talent which has prompted the ICOBA Job fair partner Kreateng in helping to expand the digital and creative industry, four benefactors of the Kreateng Africa training platform were recognized for their outstanding performance as the overall best in their programmes as they were presented their certificates by Mr. Femi Olubawon, Co-Chair, Igbobi College 90th Anniversary planning committee flanked by Mr. Yemi Badejo Okusanya, 1st Vice President, ICOBA.
To help direct a new course for undergraduates and unemployed youths, experts in Business Management, Software development, Financial consulting, Mobile fintech services, Human Resources, and the Real estate sector were in attendance with boots to interact with job seekers while they engage the companies for job opportunities.
One of the keynote speakers, an Human resources expert, Mr. Tunde Olagunju explained that there are jobs but with fewer people with the right skills to get the jobs. He further prepped the youths on CV writing skills and interviews.
In the same vein, Mr. Lampe Omoyele, MD Nitro 121, highlighted that with the right attitude, desire, humility, and being open to learning on the field, undertaking courses and certifications while volunteering would set the path for a smooth transition from a career path to another.
In the plenary sessions, Industry experts alluded to the fact that technology has become a mainstay in the business ecosystem from agriculture, marketing, education, law, medicine, and accounting. While concluding that technology has become pivotal and to become a major player, there is a need to drive this narrative with a practical approach and actions.