Learning a skill is as well important as getting a former education, this not only helps boost up your employable status but might also give you something to fall back on. Most people have little patience for learning a skill or undermine it and see it as only for those unable to get a formal education for one reason or the other.
But gone are those days where people undermine acquiring the skill to formal education, as most parents now take their children to apply for apprenticeship mostly during off school period or while they are waiting for admission into the school. This will go a long way in boosting the resume.
Now looking at the present economic situation, where they are fewer white-collar jobs available, many people are going into opening up their businesses from the skill they have learned. We see many young people going into fashion designing, photography, auto repairing, and many other jobs. This will go a long way in reducing the unemployment rate and the government realizing this has set up N10 billion as a loan to be given to youth as a loan to set up a business. This was announced recently in Abuja by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, and it is in conjunction with the Bank Of Industry BOI.
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Also, some State government has also taken the initiative to support youth empowerment program like the Delta State Government had introduced a program to teach youth skills and help them set up businesses at the completion of the program by providing them with materials, equipment, and financial support. This will go a long way in reducing employment and encourage young people to start their own businesses.
Now in this light, I feel it is wise to encourage young people to acquire skills as they go to school. They can create time, maybe during holidays or prior to waiting for admission to engage in some kind of apprenticeship where they can learn a skill like tailoring, welding, auto repair, electrical works, and so on