Ministry of Youth and Sports has partnered with the Technology for Social Change and Development a Microsoft initiative to train 36,000 young Nigerians in digital skills over the next year.
The federal government had partnered with Microsoft in May 2021 to accelerate the economic sustainability plan (ESP) on a deepened digital economy that was anchored on connectivity, skilling and digital transformation.
Nigerian Methodology Reports show that, in the fourth quarter of 2020 alone, over 33 per cent of the labour force became unemployed, primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In alignment with her commitment to creating access to decent work and entrepreneurship opportunities and platforms for Africans through digital skills empowerment and advocacy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has partnered with Microsoft and Technology for Social Change and Development initiative (Tech4Dev) to upskill 36,000 young Nigerians in digital skills over the next one year through the Emerging Markets Model Initiative (EMMI).
The sports ministry in a statement said this is in line with its commitment to creating access to decent work and entrepreneurship opportunities and platforms for Africans through digital skills empowerment and advocacy.
The ministry noted that the traineeship is under the emerging markets model initiative (EMMI), a multi-year, multi-stakeholder, private-public, non-profit partnership designed by Microsoft to build the capacity of key government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).
EMMI aims to offer sustainable, scalable, reskilling and employment services aligned to the local labour markets by providing access to digital skills training, from digital literacy to advanced training for young people in Nigeria between the ages of 16-35 years.
The initiative targets 36,000 youths over one year, using a virtual and physical learning approach, in various training centres across Nigeria and would be achieved through multi-year collaboration with four strategic federal government ministries and 12 state governments.
Speaking on the collaboration, Diwura Oladepo, co-founder and executive of Tech4Dev, said: “As an Organisation committed to creating access to decent work opportunities and platforms to help provide economic empowerment for youths across Nigeria and Africa as a whole, I remain a proud proponent of the power of digital skills training as a tool to achieve this.
“This partnership brings us one step closer to levelling the unemployment rate in Nigeria.”