Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), a non-profit economic education organisation said it has trained 100 selected members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to bridge the unemployment gap.
21 years after the first ViMP class was inaugurated by Junior Achievement Nigeria (JA Nigeria) in a partnership with Lagos Business School (LBS), the program is still preparing university graduates for successful entry into the world of work.
The 21st edition which is funded by Parthian Partners is a one-week intensive program 100 selected members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to the different facets of managing a business, making crucial business decisions, and developing skills for management.
ViMP 2021 was also implemented with the support of some notable organisations including: Verraki Partners, Channels Television and City FM 105.1.
Speaking on the programme, the executive director, Junior Achievement Nigeria, Foluso Gbadamosi, said, “For us at JA Nigeria, the Venture in Management Program was conceived with the goal of creating a transformational experience for selected National Youth Service Corp members and recent graduates every year.
“According to a survey by Oliver Wyman which was tailored towards examining the employability gaps among Africans, results showed that youths needed to improve in diverse skills such as digital skills, communication, critical thinking, teamwork and get work experience to be job ready,” he said.
Also, the head, Human Resources, Parthian Partners, Adekemi Akinyede, said, “We are delighted to have partnered with Junior Achievement Nigeria for the 2021 Venture in Management Program (ViMP).
“The career-defining experience for the participants has created a high impact on them to become ethical business leaders who will successfully run their own businesses or manage already established businesses.”
Akinyede added that, “This for us clearly reinforces our commitment to apply our core competencies and resources towards creating and supporting platforms that give young people access to information, skills, networks, and other resources they require to develop potential and build future relevant capabilities that are necessary for broad socio-economic development.”
Over the past 21 years, ViMP has graduated over 1000 alumni who are now leading businesses and social enterprises and participating actively in government. Some notable alumni include: Tunji Eleso, Adenike Adeyemi, Chienye Ogwo, Gbenga Sesan, Femi Taiwo, Toyosi Adekoya, Zeal Akaraiwe, and Christina Olusile among others.
Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) is part of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAWW), the world’s largest and fastest-growing non-profit economic education organisation with a 120-country network.
Since its inception in 1999, JAN has reached over one million students in over 20,000 classrooms in all the 36 states across the country and the FCT through over 5000 volunteers.
As part of a global network, JAN can leverage resources and expertise to deliver localized cutting-edge experiential programs built on JAWW’s three pillars of work Readiness, Entrepreneurship, and financial literacy, to in- and out-of-school youths, ages five to 27, free of charge.