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Story of Change- Job Creation and Youth Empowerment in Nigeria

As a result of the worrisome, high level of unemployment in Nigeria, the Office of the Vice President contacted UK Aid in September 2015 to support its new Job Creation Unit (JCU). Hitherto, both trained and untrained youth had minimal hope of securing jobs, even at the minimum level needed to survive or raise a family. Responding positively, through PDF II, an Embedded Adviser was provided. Further support was also provided by PDF II, to develop a strategic framework to underpin the government’s job creation initiatives. Dalberg Nigeria was engaged to help develop the Strategic Framework and implementation Plan for Job Creation and Youth Employment in Nigeria. The framework, identified four high-growth sectors, with potential to create mass employment opportunities as follows: i) construction ii)Information Communication Technology (ICT) iii) agribusiness and agro-allied industries and iv) wholesale and retail trade. Implementation of the framework from first quarter 2016, has been built around three keys strands: Npower, Skills Acquisition and Innovation Hubs. Here, we highlight some of the achievements within two of the three core areas – Npower and Innovation Hubs. To access the story of change through PDF II support, please click on the link here Job Creation and Youth Empowernment in Nigeria

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