Youth Empowerment Foundation Graduates 100 Youths in Vocational Training Scheme

The Youth Empowerment Foundation's 'Empowerment for the Future' scheme has successfully graduated about 100 youths in Ibadan, Abuja, and Lagos, who have undergone eight months of vocational training in various trades.

Youth Empowerment Foundation Graduates 100 Youths in Vocational Training Scheme

After eight months of intensive training and monitoring, approximately 100 youths graduated last week from the ‘Empowerment for the Future’ scheme, a programme of the Youth Empowerment Foundation. The graduation ceremonies took place in three cities: Ibadan, Abuja, and Lagos. The beneficiaries successfully learned trades such as digital marketing, catering and decoration services, fashion design services, photography, A/C repairs, hairdressing, phone and laptop repairs at various learning centres.

The graduation in Ibadan spanned several days and included training on money management, entrepreneurial development, and marketing skills. On the final day, the trainees demonstrated what they had learned and how the scheme had benefited them.

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Bukola Favour Akingbohungbe, the programme officer at the Ibadan office of the Youth Empowerment Foundation, spoke during the graduation ceremony. She said the ‘Empowerment for the Future’ scheme is in its seventh season, having started over six years ago in three cities: Abuja, Lagos, and Ibadan. The aim is to encourage youths to be self-employed and useful to themselves and their communities.

Akingbohungbe explained that the foundation pays for the trainees’ skills acquisition, monitors them on a monthly basis, and ensures that their coaches are teaching them well. The goal is for the trainees to become employers of labour and reward creators for themselves, thereby alleviating poverty from themselves, their families, and society at large.

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On the selection of beneficiaries, Akingbohungbe said, “We look into the communities and ensure that those selected are people that really need it and will appreciate it, not just people that will learn and do nothing with the skill.”

Simeon Akintoye, the founder of Simeon Technology, a company that deals with software development, app development, digital marketing, and cyber consultancy, is one of the trainers. He trained the applicants on how to run effective digital marketing and develop responsive and engaging software or websites.

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One of the beneficiaries, Glory, who learned digital photography, said the scheme has helped her a great deal. She had always desired to learn photography professionally but could not afford to pay at the time. The scheme came in at the right time for her.