The second job fair hosted by Huawei Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos had the goal of placing roughly 2,500 young people in the workforce over the following three years.
The programme, according to Adebayo Akinsulie, Deputy Director of Human Resources at Huawei, is intended to close the unemployment gap in the nation, he remarked on the sidelines of the fair.
In conjunction with roughly 20 additional ICT organisations, according to Akinsulie, the job fair was held.
For people who were prepared to support Huawei's future aims, he claimed that the first one was held in Abuja in August.
“What we are doing with our partners is to bridge the unemployment gap and look for individuals who are experienced to bring into our system.
"It is also for those who are still in school and for those that have finished the national youth service scheme to be engaged as graduate trainees.
"We want to create what we can call a professional army with the aim of understanding our products and how they can align with us to meet the goals," he said
He said that roughly 100 people had been employed in Abuja and that there were plans to keep the fair going even after the 2,500 targets had been reached.
The project by Huawei was a deliberate effort, according to Kenneth Igwe, Talent Ecosystem Manager, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, to support young graduates, interns, and corpers looking to further their careers.
He said that Huawei's goal was to continually invest in developing and reforming young people for a future that would be more digitally and technologically advanced.
He also disclosed that there are already 125 active academies in Nigeria that are a part of the talent ecosystem that Huawei and industry partners may search through and choose from in order to fill open positions.
"The seeds for the future programme was Huawei’s CSR programme to shape the future."
Idongesit Bassey, the media manager for Huawei, stated that during the epidemic, more than 150 students received online training through the Seeds for the Future project while 40 students from Nigeria had been sent to China since 2015.
Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, predicted that the ICT industry will undergo a significant transformation during the next five years as the world changes.
Hard talents, according to Ogundipe, are no longer necessary; instead, people need soft skills that enable them to solve problems creatively.
He believes that young people in Nigeria have a lot of ideas and talent, which they should put to good use.
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