Job Creation: Delta State Government to Engage 1420 Unemployed Youths in the 2018/2019 Cycle.
Delta State Government is to engage not less than 1, 420 previously unemployed youths in its 2018/2019 job creation programme through STEP and YAGEP.
The Chief Job Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, disclosed this during a one-day workshop organised for Brown STEP trainers by the Office of the Chief Job Creation officer in Asaba.
The Brown STEP trainers who were 141 in number covered various enterprises such as Welding & Fabrication; Aluminium Works; Fashion Design & Tailoring; Catering & Confectionary; Bead Making; Decoration & Event Management; Hairdressing & Makeover, Interlocking, Tiling & POP including eight STEPreneurs who have grown to become job creation trainers.
Prof Eboh said the 2018/2019 Cycle which is the 4thcycle will consist of Brown STEP, Green STEP and Brown YAGEP.
He congratulated them for their selection as trainers for the 2018/2019 Cycle, stating that the Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme has been upgraded into two categories, Green and Brown STEP.
He described Green STEP as beneficiaries who do not have knowledge of the trade but are desirous of acquiring the skill over a period of time depending on their choice enterprise.
On the other hand, he explained that Brown STEP category are those harvested from their training centres and those who have trained themselves through personal sponsorship, but require refresher course and assistance to be established in their chosen enterprises, adding that the training/refresher course for the Brown STEP category would last for six weeks.
While commending them for their contributions to the success of the programme, he advised them to abide by the code of conduct guiding the programme and to uphold the ethics of quality, discipline and integrity which the programme is known for.
He affirmed that since inception of the programme in the past three years, a total of 3069 unemployed youths have been trained and established in their choice enterprises while another 1,420 youths are to be engaged in the 2018/2019 Cycle.
He said the job creation programme has gained both national and international recognition with the revalidation of the 2017/2018 Cycle for partnership through World Bank/European Union assisted SEEFOR projects.
The workshop featured question/answer and technical sessions.
Gertrude Onyekachukwu-Uteh, G.C