The staggering rise in unemployment rates in Nigeria, reaching 33.3% in the last quarter of 2020, has brought forth unprecedented challenges for the nation, particularly affecting its youth. With over a third of the labour force either unemployed or underemployed, urgent interventions are essential to drive economic growth and create opportunities for the nation’s vibrant youth population.

In response to this critical situation, the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) forged a strategic partnership in May 2019, pledging up to $10 million over five years to invest in youth training and employment in Lagos State. This collaboration birthed the USADF-LSETF Employability Program, aimed at enhancing the market competitiveness of youth in Lagos.

DDI’s Role in Youth Empowerment

As the Implementing Partner of USADF in Nigeria, Diamond Development Initiatives (DDI) plays a pivotal role in the execution of the USADF-LSETF Employability Program. DDI is actively contributing to the reduction of youth unemployment by providing globally competitive skills to young individuals in Lagos State. The program spans five years, empowering 3,000 young people annually across various sectors, including technology, creatives, education, health and beauty, hospitality and tourism, business support, financial services, and construction.

Impactful Results

DDI has collaborated with over 40 Vocational Training Organizations, training over 7,000 young people. Impressively, over 50% of these trainees have gained access to paid placements within their chosen sectors. The success stories emerging from this initiative are both inspiring and transformative.

Featured Success Story: Bukola Oke

Bukola Oke, a Mass Communication graduate facing the challenges of unemployment, seized the opportunity provided by the USADF-LSETF Employability Program. Enrolling in the Interior Decoration category, Bukola received training in Interior Décor and Design through a blended learning approach. DDI supported her and other participants with stipends for internet connectivity, creating an enabling learning environment. Following the training, Bukola secured a three-month paid internship and is now gainfully employed, earning a monthly income of over $105. In her spare time, she even engages in entrepreneurial activities, making throw pillows for additional income.

FAQs about the USADF-LSETF Employability Program

Any youth residing in Lagos State, within the specified age range, can participate in the program.
The program covers a wide range of sectors, including technology, creatives, education, health and beauty, hospitality and tourism, business support, financial services, and construction.
The training duration varies based on the chosen sector, ranging from a few weeks to several months.
Yes, the program is free for eligible participants. All training costs are covered as part of the initiative.
Interested individuals or organizations can contribute by providing mentorship, internship opportunities, or financial support to enhance the program’s impact.
Join Us in Making a Difference
The journey to reducing youth unemployment is ongoing, and the impact of the USADF-LSETF Employability Program extends beyond individual lives to contribute to the economic growth of Lagos State. As we continue this transformative initiative, we invite you to partner with us, whether as a participant, supporter, or collaborator, in shaping a brighter future for Nigeria’s youth. Contact us to explore opportunities and be a part of this impactful initiative.

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