Asuquo Ekpenyong Foundation Advises Young People On Local, Global Access To Profitable Jobs (Submit All Your CVs at..)
Following the call for action to tackle the youth unemployment crisis and put youth development at the top of national and state development agendas, on Saturday 30 January 2021, the Asuquo Ekpenyong Foundation (AEF) organized a forum in Calabar in collaboration with Aldelia Global Manpower (a human resources company headquartered in London, UK) on Saturday 30 January 2021.
The panelists included Prof. Florence Obi, University of Calabar Vice Chancellor; Maxine Pittet, Project and Business Growth Manager, Aldelia Nigeria; Dr. Francis Ntamu, Chief Economic Advisor, Cross River State; Asuquo Ekpenyong, Jr. Cross River State Finance Commissioner, while Elder Eyo Nsa Eyo-Ita, Chairman, Cross River State Jobs and Local Content Bureau, moderated the discussion panel.
The forum was identified by the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Asuquo Ekpenyong, Jr., who flagged off the maiden edition of the Asuquo Ekpenyong Youth Jobs Forum as an initiative aimed at updating one of the goals of the Foundation to encourage and train the next generation of workers in general in the state and country.
The speaker described factors responsible for recent trends in unemployment, including, but not limited to, the global pandemic; skills mismatch; lack of sufficient entrepreneurship and education in life skills; lack of access to capital, etc.
The Commissioner for Finance noted that ways of developing young people’s job prospects included entrepreneurship and vocational training programmes in education curricula; access to start-up capital for young entrepreneurs; and the growth of the ICT/Tech sector.
In the same vain, Prof. Florence Obi announced that at its Entrepreneurship Development Centre, the University of Calabar is running a series of entrepreneurship programs to assist students in entrepreneurship skills and public relations. She noted that, in addition to the already developed initiatives for the growth of entrepreneurship, third-year students undergoing industry internships would have access to grants from start-ups to finance their viable enterprises.
She also noted that the University is currently updating its curriculum/courses to ensure that its graduates are applicable to the job market today.
Maxine Pittet, Areeba Jobs’ representative who doubles as Aldelia Global Manpower’s Project and Business Development Manager (Nigeria), identified Areeba Jobs as a work matching platform aimed at facilitating job search by matching applicants with a position that corresponds precisely to their experience. She added that Areebajobs is developing strong partnerships with universities across Nigeria and Africa to become their career centers so that all talent can access jobs and internships using this AI platform.
Talents, consumers and training institutions will be connected by the Areebajobs platform (www.areebajobs.com) to improve the exposure and employability of African talents. Via the online tests of the platform, these talents will be trained and evaluated. In order to enhance their employability, users of this platform are also able to undergo online training. Instant Matching using AI – Skill – Job Description/Talent – Training would be automatic. Clients will be able to advertise on the website, hire talent and train staff. You can access the platform through desktop computers and mobile phones.
She told the audience that her firm is currently tasked with a project to hire a large number of young Nigerians from Italy and the Netherlands to work with the European Union.
She also stressed the importance of using technology and the internet while searching for jobs and the fact that job seekers are no longer constrained by their geographical location, as the modern standard of working remotely means that you can live in Calabar and work in New York or London for a business.
She urged young people looking for work to go online and register their CVs at www.areebajobs.com