The Lagos state government is preparing to train 4,000 unemployed graduates for six months as part of its internship programme to minimize unemployment in the state.
The program approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the current administration and the State Youth Development Programme.
In a recent speech on the programme, the Commissioner for Wealth Development and Employment, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, said that the Graduate Internship Placement Program (GIPP) is designed to make graduates employable by equipping them with the skills they need to be ready to work in order to secure a good job.
Arobieke said that the Internship Program would address the third and fourth pillars of the new T.H.E.M.E.S administration agenda, which are Education and Technology and Make Lagos a 21st Century Economy.
Adding that the beneficiaries will be paid a monthly stipend of N40,000 for the six months duration of the internship.
The commissioner said that at the end of the internship period, interns are expected to have gained valuable applied work experience, build up their professional skills and would have been exposed to possible entrepreneurial opportunities to strengthen their professional skills and interpersonal relationship.
Interested candidates are to apply through the dedicated link for the programme: gipplasg.lagosstate .gov .ng.
Applicants are expected to posses NYSC Certificates or letters of exemption, and must be registered residents of the State with Lagos State Residents Registration Agency, LASRRA.
She disclosed that over 50 off-takers have shown interest in having the Interns work in their organisations.
Arobieke assured that the selection process will be transparent “as successful candidates after taking an online test will be trained on employability skills for two weeks and evaluated.
“They will subsequently, be placed on six months paid Internship with private organisations and selected public agencies in line with their qualifications.”