FG Set To Employ 500,000 Unemployed Youths


The Federal Government has unveiled its plans to employ 500,000 unemployed Nigerians through its N-Power Teach programme.

The scheme which is the first of its N500 billion social investment programmes planned by the Buhari-led government is set to begin receiving online applications for positions in the 500,000 direct teacher jobs scheme.

The applications will be received through an online job portal through the link: npower.gov.ng.

The application portal is expected to be live from Saturday June 11, and interested candidates are are expected to commence sending in their applications start from June 12th.

A statement issued on Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande advised young, unemployed Nigerians to visit the website and apply.

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The 500,000 Teacher Corps, branded “N-Power Teach” on the portal, is one of the three direct job creation and training schemes which the President had promised to create 3 million jobs during his campaign in 2015.

Also on cue to commence shortly are other schemes including: “N-Power Knowledge”, which will train 25,000 Nigerians in the area of technology, and “N-Power Build”, which train another 75,000 in the areas of building services, construction, utilities, hospitality and catering, automotive vocations, aluminium and gas services.

According to the statement, all trainees under these schemes would be paid for the duration of the scheme which is expected to last for two years.

The statement reads:

“The N-Power Teacher Corps initiative, which will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates, is a paid volunteer programme of a two-year duration.

“Unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will serve in teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in primary, and secondary schools, agricultural extension systems across the country, public health and community education — covering civic and adult education.

“Besides their monthly take home pay estimated at about N23,000, the selected 500000 graduates will also get computer devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. They get to keep the devices even after exiting the programme.

“Under the N-Power Knowledge scheme, there are three aspects: Creative, Technology Software and Hardware. These three sub-divisions would will train 25,000 young Nigerians in all.

“Five thousand of them would be trained in animation, graphic design, post-production, script-writing. All of those under the sub-division of N-Power Knowledge-creative category.

“The N-Power Knowledge scheme also has a technology category in two aspects: hardware and software. Ten thousand Nigerians will be trained, and equipped in the area of software development, including web designers, and another 10,000 in hardware expertise, including to repair, maintain and assemble mobile phones, tablets, computers and other devices.

“Also the N-Power Build category was designed realizing that the presence of a well-trained and highly skilled youth population in any economy has direct impact on entrepreneurship/wealth creation, which in turn leads to a decline in unemployment.

“N-Power Build is therefore an accelerated training and certification (Skills to Job/Enterprise) programme that will engage and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.

“There are other schemes in the Buhari presidency Social Investment Programmes which would soon be rolled out in the coming weeks.

“These include the Conditional Cash Transfer that pays N5000 monthly to one million Nigerians, the Micro-Credit Scheme for more than 1.5 million Nigerians, the Home Grown School Feeding programme that will serve 5.5 million Nigerian pupils in primary school a free hot meal per day this year and the Education Support Grant Programme for 100,000 tertiary students in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics, STEM and education.”