The National Youth Service Corps has launched a Curriculum Vitae (CV) web repository and job portal in furtherance of its drive at ensuring the post service welfare of Corps members.
The portal is the brain child of the NYSC Lagos State Coordinator, the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) team and a group of Corps members with Dragnet Solutions, Blogme Nigeria Limited, Gr8jobs Limited, Sigma Pensions and Diamond bank plc as partners.
Director General of the NYSC, Brigadier General S. Z Kazaure who launched the portal in Lagos said it is aimed at providing the links between outgoing corps members seeking white collar jobs and employers of labour who desire to employ qualified graduates based on their jobs specifications.
Kazaure said despite the obvious difficulty of securing white collar jobs and the overriding benefits of self-employment, a good number of graduates are still inclined to trying their luck with paid employment which is why the NYSC considers it appropriate to buy into the idea of helping Corps members to package themselves for employability in the highly competitive labour market.
He said, “The portal will among other benefits, serve as a platform for Corps members to get information on job vacancies and market themselves to prospective employers, serve as a large pool for employers searching for suitable candidates, and provide means of verification of credentials.”
The NYSC Boss said the Scheme has been taking steps to empower Corps members for self-employment through the SAED programme as well as the in-camp and off-camp trainings in various skill areas, in partnerships with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry through which Corps entrepreneurs benefit from start-up loans at single digit interest rates.
He said his management is consolidating on the successes of the programme through initiatives such as the establishment of Zonal Integrated Skills centres in the six geo-political zones, adding that the ones for the South West and the North East are already at completion stage in Ekiti and Gombe States respectively.
Vice President, Business Development West, Sigma Pensions Limited, Mrs. Mabel George who expressed satisfaction at the launch said: “Our job is basically about helping people to plan for their future and with this portal it makes everyone employable.