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N-power non-graduate scheme starts July

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation (N-Power Scheme),  Afolabi Imoukhuede says the non-graduate aspect of the N-Power programme will commence in July.

He told disclosed this to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja where he explained that N-Power had two broad components, namely: graduate and non-graduate schemes.

Imoukhuede said “We are hopeful that by June/July we should deploy those ones in different batches across the country and FCT.

“So it is worthy of note that those who applied for that programme (non-graduates) should just stay rested.

“The fact that we have not deployed you doesn’t mean that we have forgotten you.

“We have all your details, we have all your contacts and we will deal with them.’’

According to the special assistant, the N-Power’s non-graduate component was structured to empower the beneficiaries with vocational skills.

“The non-graduate component is more of skills development and vocation programme.

“For vocational training, we have construction work, automobile technicians, technology, which is hardware and software.

“They will come in for a programme and three months they will go and (also do) apprenticeship for nine months.

“It is like one year engagement for them; while they are undergoing training they will get some stipends and they we will also provide them with necessary tools and consumables.”

Mr. Imoukhuede added that the scheme would also partner with employers for the apprenticeship programme and also give the volunteers some stipends.
According to him, that type of programme will not only be empowering the trainees, but transferring skills to them for life as well.

“We have been working behind the scene; we have signed MoU with our partners, Automotive Development Council of Nigeria, for the automotive training.

“We have got quite some big partners and we are just finalising all our arrangements.”

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