Christopher Wenzel, the Head of Cooperation, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in Nigeria said the German government will address growing skill gap in Nigeria by providing necessary skills to tackle youth unemployment and migration.
Wanzel, who spoke in Abuja at the Skills Development for Youth Employment (SKYE) Stakeholders’ meeting organised by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, said the initiative was designed to provide demand-based skills to address youth unemployment and irregular migration crisis.
According to Wanzel, “we see the potential in Nigerian youth. What we try to do is to make use of that capacity. We want to bring together the demand for work, labour, and service together with supply. We don’t want to train people who don’t find jobs; we want to train them to find descent jobs. We want to meet the demand of the industries”.
The Head of Cooperation at the German Embassy noted that with the unemployment rate hovering around 18.8 percent, the SKYE initiative would primarily target the agricultural and construction sector.
Dr. Thomas Kirsch, the Country Director of GIZ, said over €20 million has been invested in the programme already, stressing that to increase the level of impact that the initiative would create, the buy-in of the private sector would be required.
Kirsch revealed that to alleviate the growing mismatch between the supply and demand for skills in the Nigerian labour market, the group would train over 50, 000 youths through the programme in the next four years.
The Country Director said to tackle unemployment and underemployment, root causes of irregular migration and socio-economic degradation in Nigeria, the SKYE project was designed to focus on the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the labour market through Technical and Vocational Education and Training.