The Federal Government’s Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) has organized a three day training for graduates in Bayelsa State as part of efforts to make them employable and self-reliant.
The Director of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, Mr. Audu Maikori regretted that most firms require working experience for new workers which most graduates don’t have, as the firms do not wish to spend time and resources on green horns that may not eventually fit in.
Government has observed this and came up with the Graduate Internship Scheme (GIS), to prepare for the changes. The GIS commenced in October last year with the mandate to engage 50,000 Nigerian graduates by attaching them to firms where they would have acquired working experience and skills.
Each graduate was to be paid a stipend by government while on internship and is supposed to be on the scheme for a period of 12 months. Interns were also only being engaged in their neighbourhoods, so they do not have to spend much on transport and other expenses.
Mrs. Peju Adegoke who took the interns on self awareness and understanding, stressed the need for self development as it was difficult to succeed in a competitive world without self development. All the interns work in a private firm, Mount Tech Engineering Company based in the Bayelsa State Capital.