ABOUT WEP

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The Work Experience Program is an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development led by Honourable Minister Sunday Dare. Through a clinical survey of the Nigerian youth and a series of one-to-one interactions and online surveys, it was established that one of the challenges of unemployment is the acute absence of workplace experience.

To bridge this gap, the Ministry initiated the Work Experience Program (WEP) to ensure that young people acquire a level of experience and hone their skills, to make them suitable for employment and to acquire the required skills for self-development. The skills include Mentoring, Networking, how to gain Scholarships, knowledge of world Competitions, Employments, Training and Business Startups.

The Work Experience Program (WEP) initiative is a three-month internship programme that will provide participants with the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills and workplace competencies that increase their potential for successful employment.

BENEFITS OF WEP TO YOU

Provides you with an opportunity to relate career courses with workplace scenario.

It gives you an insight into the diversity of employees in the workplace.

Prepares you for the demands and expectations of the working world.

Improves your maturity, confidence and self-reliance

Provides you with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning both paid and unpaid work.

 

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HOW WEP BENEFITS ORGANIZATIONS

When young people gain work readiness skills, they are better equipped to secure and thrive in the in jobs. Moreover, your corporation and business will also benefit from a workforce prepared to meet job demands and uphold the standards of brand excellence.

When young people are equipped with the skills they need, their confidence and morale increase, and this often leads to improved retention rates.

Indeed, the value of an investment in human capital development does not end with the employee or even the employer — when young people are equipped for success, businesses flourish, and when businesses flourish, the social and economic conditions of communities – regional and global – are in turn strengthened.

BENEFITS OF WEP TO SOCIETY

Without adequate opportunity and investment, youth contribute to the costly problems that plague each world region, such as diseases, violence and loss of productivity. Building a strong foundation through investments in programmes tailored to youth will advance socio-economic development. Failing to invest in youth triggers substantial economic, social, and political costs resulting from negative outcomes such as poor labour market entry, risky sexual behaviors, drug abuse, crime and violence. In many countries, the overall damage to society amounts to a significant proportion of the gross domestic product per year. Rough estimates show that preventable risky behaviours induce losses to society to the tune of billions of dollars. For example, in Latin America and the Caribbean, a range of negative youth behaviours reduces economic growth by up to 2% annually. These numbers do not reflect unquantifiable costs, such as psychological distress, poorer health, less civic participation, or intergenerational effects.

Therefore, youth investment should be prioritised in our quest to proactively engage our youth who are the most active group of our population.

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