As part of efforts to reduce the rate of unemployment in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has approved an internship programme for 4,000 unemployed graduates.
The move is in line with the THEMES Agenda of the present administration and the Youth Development Programme of the State.
Speaking recently on the programme with newsmen, the commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Yetunde Arobieke, said the Graduate Internship Placement Programme (GIPP) is designed to give candidates the opportunity to develop employability and work-ready skills that are needed in securing gainful employment.
She added that the programme will be addressing the third and fourth pillars of the present administration’s THEMES agenda which are Education and Technology and Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy.
Beneficiaries will be paid a monthly stipend of N40,000 for the six months duration of the internship, she said.
Arobieke said that at the end of the internship period, interns would have gained valuable applied work experience, built up their professional skills and would have been exposed to possible entrepreneurial opportunities to strengthen their professional skills and interpersonal relationship.
The commissioner implored interested candidates to apply through the dedicated link for the programme: gipplasg.lagosstate.gov.ng.
She stressed that interested applicants must possess NYSC certificates or letters of exemption and must be registered residents of the State with Lagos State Residents Registration Agency, LASRRA.
While informing that over 50 off-takers have shown interest in having the Interns work in their organisations, Arobieke maintained that the selection process will be transparent.
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.