Empowering Nigerian Youths for Prosperity
Program(s) Offered: Employment, Entrepreneurship, Innovation
Program Level: Paid volunteerism (graduates & non-graduate)
Provider: Government of Nigeria
Country to Study in: Nigeria
Since 2016, the Federal Government of Nigeria, supported by the private sector is offering unemployed graduates in Nigeria clear progression pathways into gainful employment in the N-Power programme.
The Nigerian Government has designed the N-Power Programme to drastically reduce youth unemployment. The focus is to provide young graduates and non-graduates with the skills, tools and livelihood to enable them advance from unemployment to employment, entrepreneurship and innovation. The first phase of N-Power will target Nigeria’s critical needs in education, agriculture, technology, creative, construction and artisanal industries. N-Power is also preparing Nigeria for a global outsourcing push where young Nigerians can export their services to work on global projects that earn Nigeria, foreign exchange.
Through N-Power, young Nigerians will be empowered with the necessary tools to go on and create, develop, build, fix and work on exceptional ideas, projects and enterprises that will change our communities, our economy and our nation. The N-Power programme is for all eligible Nigerians looking to work gainfully. However, the initial programmes have been designed for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35.
To be eligible, the following must hold true:
- Currently Unemployed
- No degree or diploma requirements
- Aged between 18-35
- Interest in teaching, building and creating things
Citizens of Nigeria
The first phase of N-Power will target Nigeria’s critical needs in education, agriculture, technology, creative, construction and artisanal industries.
Unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will serve in teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in primary, and secondary schools, agricultural extension systems across the country, public health and community education — covering civic and adult education. N-Power has 3 main Fields:
- N-Power Teacher Corps
- N-Power Knowledge
- N-Power Build
The N-Power Teacher Corps programme is an invaluable opportunity for young Nigerians to make immense economic and social contributions to the nation while developing their skills. They will be encouraged to think critically, and be entrepreneurial and creative in applying their skills in their areas of endeavour. The 4 main focus areas are in primary and secondary education, agriculture, public health and community education (civic and adult education).
The graduates will work in their immediate rural communities, where they will assist in improving the inadequacies in the education, health, and agriculture sectors. Among the key selection criteria for the N-Power Teacher Corps will be a predisposition to work in proximate communities.
The N-Power Teacher Corps will engage and train 500,000 young unemployed graduates. It is a paid volunteering programme of a 2 year duration. The 500,000 graduates under the N-Power Corps programme will get computing devices that will contain information necessary for their specific engagement, as well as information for their continuous training and development. Participants will provide teaching, instructional, and advisory solutions in 4 key areas:
- N-Power Agro
- N-Power Teach
- N-Power Health
- N-Power Community Education
The N-Power Knowledge programme is the Federal Government’s first step towards diversifying to a knowledge economy. This programme will work alongside the planned eight innovation hubs across the country to provide incubation and acceleration of the technology and creative industries. The programme is a ‘Training to Jobs’ initiative, essentially ensuring that participants can get engaged in the marketplace in an outsourcing capacity, as freelancers, as employees and as entrepreneurs through these three areas:
- N-Power Creative
- N-Power Tech Hardware
- N-Power Tech Software
N-Power Build is an accelerated training and certification (Skills to Job) programme that will engage and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.
The focus industries include:
- Building Services
- Built Environment Services
- Aluminium and Gas
Five Hundred Thousand (500,000) graduates will join the program
All trainees would be paid for the duration of their training
Method of Application
Interested applicants can send in their applications from the 11th of June 2016 through these web portal:
- Apply for the N-Power Teacher Corps Programmes
- Apply for the N-Power Knowledge Programmes
- Apply for the N-Power Build Programmes
All applications are to commence from 11th June, 2016 at 11 am.
No deadline has been announced yet, but the earlier you apply the better
Application Deadline: Not yet announced
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Nigerians)
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