The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), in partnership with United Nations Development Project (UNDP) has announced the call for applications into the Lagos State Employability Support Project (LSESP).
LSESP provides short vocational training programs implemented by LSETF to provide youths in the state with industry relevant skills that could help them gain possible employment and advance in life.
Applications are open to residents of Lagos State between ages 18 – 35 years, to register for the vocation training and skills acquisition courses which will be provided by selected Vocational Training Centres in the state and implemented by Arc Skills, a globally recognised skills training provider
Speaking during the announcement, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Akintunde Oyebode, emphasized the importance of the project in building a skilled and experienced workforce for organisations and businesses in the state and also improving the lives of the citizens.
“With focused training of applicants and revamp of vocational studies in Lagos State, we are confident that this initiative will go a long way to address unemployment among youths in Lagos State. These trainings will also address capacity building and job demands in both private and public sectors,” he said.
While trainings are completely free, applicants are required to show proof of their residence in Lagos State by providing their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA)Number. applicants are also expected to have successfully completed Junior Secondary School. Interested participants can visit the project website www.lsesp.ng
to register or pick up an application form from the nearest LSETF Liaison office in any of the Local Government Secretariats.
Commenting on this initiative, The Team Leader, Inclusive Growth Unit, UNDP, Robert Asogwa stated that “this is a major step for development in Lagos and Africa by extension. It is the most reliable means of eradicating unemployment in Lagos state, and the United Nations Development Project (UNDP) is proud to be a partner of great initiative”.
The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (“LSETF” or “the Fund”), was established by The Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Law 2016 to provide financial support to residents of Lagos State, for job, wealth creation and to tackle unemployment. LSETF serves as an instrument to inspire the creative and innovative energies of all Lagos residents and reduce unemployment across the State. The Fund has the mandate to directly invest N25Billion in helping Lagos residents grow and scale their Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (“MSMEs”) or acquire skills to get better jobs.
The Fund will deliver primarily through its partners and will leverage their experience & capabilities to achieve its goals.
LSETF will focus on promoting entrepreneurship by improving access to finance, strengthening the institutional capacity of MSMEs and formulating policies designed to improve the business environment in Lagos State.
The Fund expects to create 300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand) direct and 600,000 (Six Hundred Thousand) indirect jobs within three years, by supporting at least 100,000 (One Hundred Thousand) MSMEs.
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