NESDIp

NATIONAL EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME                                                                                                                                              

A strategic employers’ led intervention programme designed to equip graduates with competitive soft and transferable skills needed in the 21st century world of work

Background

 

Human capital is a critical asset for national development. The economy of a nation is only as good as its human capital resource and its growth and sustainable development is determined by the quality of same.

 

In line with the fast changing world that is driven by innovation, technology and highly competitive business environment, the demands and expectations of the 21st century world of work are dynamic and so are the workplace skills requirements for employees to function. Employers of labour are constantly in search of potential employees with contemporary and relevant skills that can add value to their enterprise endeavours.

 

The prevailing employability challenge among young people is a phenomenon that must be addressed and the need for government and relevant stakeholders to harness, nurture and equip the nation’s critical asset with contemporary and relevant skills and to engage their comparative demographic advantage, which finds expression in numerical strength, creative ingenuity, resilience and raw energy for the benefit of the nation.

 

Young people (fresh and unemployed graduates) lack these emerging and contemporary workplace skills hence the prevailing employability challenge among young people. This gap has become a phenomenon that has thrown critical concerns to employers of labour.

 

The National Bureau of Statistics report of September, 2016 revealed that 13.5 million youth of employable age are currently unemployable. It is to address this gap that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Centre for Human Resource Development (CHRD)  is strategically partnering with the Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce (NYCC) as the Organized Private Sector (OPS) platform and Business Membership Organization (BMO) for young people to deliver the National Employability Skills Development and Internship Programme for fresh and unemployed graduates in Nigeria to prepare and equip them with the critical relevant workplace skills that are required in the 21st century.

 

ABOUT NESDIP

 

National Employability Skills Development and Internship Programme (NESDIP) is developed by the Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce, and the National Open University of Nigeria to provide employability training and internship opportunity for fresh and unemployed graduates.

 

NESDIP is an innovative critical human capital development and work-ready initiative designed to adequately address the deficit of labour requirement occasioned by the prevailing workplace skills gap. The programme will equip young people with contemporary and relevant skills not only to enable them unlock their innate potentials but to also to provide opportunity for them to express themselves, productively engage and compete  in the fast changing 21st century.

 

 

NESDIP OBJECTIVE

 

The main objective of NESDIP as an intervention programme is to build a critical mass of employable and work ready human resources for national development thereby reducing the escalating rate of unemployment.

 

NESDIP TRAINING PROGRAMME

 

The training components of NESDIP are drawn from globally acknowledge 21st century workplace skill  designed to be thought provoking, participatory and interactive  sessions delivered in a 21 days comprehensive engagement that provides interns with the opportunity for experiential and practical learning exercise.

 

The National Employability Skills Development and Internship Programme is a nationwide sustainable employability training and capacity building programme to be delivered by adopting the use of blended experiential learning activities and delivery modes.

 

Faculty for NESDIP is drawn from the organized private sector, certified members of professional organizations with cognate experience in human resource headhunting, training, recruitment and management as well as employers of labour to deliver and share practical workplace experience along the lines of their expectations from employees/potential employees.

 

NESDIP TRAINING COMPONENTS

 

  1. The 21st century workplace
  1. Personal Skills
  1. People Skills
  1. Workplace Skills
  1. Applied Knowledge Skills
  1. Analytical models
  1. Job seeking essentials

 

NESDIP STRUCTURE

 

NESDIP is an experiential and practical learning programme structured to achieve the ultimate objective of imbibing skills and building competence of young people to function seamlessly and productively in the 21st workplace

 

NESDIP is structured to provide the following;

 

  1. A comprehensive three (3) weeks intensive Employers led training on contemporary workplace skills
  1. A three (3) months Internship Programme to demonstrate skills learned and opportunity to gain practical workplace experience
  1. Graduation and issuance of National Employability Proficiency Certificate upon satisfactory employer recommendation on completion of Internship Programme
  1. Profiling on the Eagle Intern Online Portal pool of work ready human capital from where Employers of Labour can draw from
  1. Outstanding Interns are treated with preferences
  1. Corporate engagement to source for job prospects and placement
  1. Continuous engagement and refresher training to enhance productivity and peak performance in the workplace

 

Training Content for the Award of Proficiency Certificate in Employability Skills

FACULTY:  The Organized Private Sector/Employers of Labour

S/N

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

COMPOSITION

INSIGHT

DELIVERY

1.

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

 

Ø  Orientation

Ø  Ground Rules, Process and Procedures

Ø  Brain teasers/Motivation

 

Day 1

2.

PRE-TRAINING SELF-SSESSMENT

Ø  Self-Appraisal

Ø  Programme Appreciation

Ø  Interactive sessions

Ø  Questions/Answers

 

Day 1

 

3.

PERSONAL SKILLS

Ø  Self-Discovery

Ø  Perception

Ø  Behavioral Patterns

Ø  Internalized Values

Ø  Initiative and self-motivation

Ø  Personal impact/confidence

Ø  Verbal communication

Ø  Initiative/self-motivation

Ø  Drive

Ø  Flexibility

Ø  Integrity

Ø  Interpersonal sensitivity

Ø  Creativity

Awareness of self, purpose passion, motivation, abilities, values & weaknesses 

 

 

Day 2 and Day 3

 

 

4.

PEOPLE SKILLS

Ø  Attitude

Ø  Teamwork

Ø  Interpersonal relationship

Ø  Leadership

Ø  Communication

Ø  Respect

Ø  Stress tolerance

Understanding Team dynamics, individual difference, relationship management and self-control

Day 4 and Day 5

 

5.

WORKPLACE SKILLS

Ø  Business fundamentals

Ø  Commercial awareness

Ø  Analyzing & investigating

Ø  Planning & organizing

Ø  Time management

Ø  Negotiating & persuading

Ø  Action planning

Ø  Decision-making

Ø  Problem solving

Ø  Customer focus

Ø  Written communication

Ø  Marketing/Sales

Ø  Working with tools technology

Understanding the workplace and how it works

Day 6 and Day 7

 

6.

APPLIED KNOWLEDGE

Ø  Global skills

Ø  Self-development /Lifelong learning

Ø  Developing professionalism

Ø  Numeracy

Ø  Literacy

Ø  Critical thinking

Ø  Innovation

Ø  Reading

Ø  Writing

Ø  ICT

Ø  Emotional Intelligence

Ø  Presentation

Understanding the world as a global village and taking advantage emerging trends to remain relevant

Basic ICT skills in Microsoft Office (Word, PPT, Excel)

Day 8 and Day 9

 

7.

JOB SEEKING ESSENTIALS

Ø  CV writing

Ø  Attending an Interview

Ø  Negotiating emolument

Understanding job seeking essentials and how to win

Day 10

 

Day 11

8.

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD OF WORK

Ø  How  the office works

Ø  Intrapreneurship

Ø  Work Ethics and Culture

Ø  Service Excellence

Ø  Professionalism

Understanding the world of work and how to excel

Day 12

 

9.

ANALYTICAL MODELS

Ø  Environmental Scanning

Ø  SWOT Analysis

Ø  Cash flow Quadrant

Ø  Business Model Canvas

Understanding basic analytical tools and the imperative of analysis

Day 13

10.

ROLE PLAY

 

Ø  Developing personal Resumes

Ø   Interviews

Ø  Internship/Work experience

 

Day 14

11.

ROLE PLAY

Ø  Reporting Writing

Ø  Individual Business Proposals

Ø  Group Business Proposals

 

Day 15

12.

FIELD WORK

Ø  Practical field experience exercises

 

Day 16 – 20

13.

POST TRAINING SELF-ASSESSMENT

Ø  Post programme self-assessment

Ø  Presentation of Certificates Programme closing

 

Day 21

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

 

Background

 

Human capital is a critical asset for national development. The economy of a nation is only as good as its human capital resource and its growth and sustainable development is determined by the quality of same.

 

In keeping with the dedicates of a fast changing world that is driven by innovation, technology and highly competitive business environment, the demands and expectations of the 21st century world of work are dynamic and so are the workplace skills requirements for employees to function and so employers of labour are constantly in search of potential employees with contemporary and relevant skills that can add value to their enterprise endeavours.

 

The prevailing employability challenge among young people is a phenomenon that must be addressed and the need for government and relevant stakeholders to deliberately commit to harnessing, nurturing and equipping the nation’s critical asset (young people) with contemporary and relevant skills and to productively engage their comparative demographic advantage which finds expression in numerical strength, creative ingenuity, resilience and raw energy for the benefit of the nation cannot be overemphasized.

 

Obviously, young people (fresh and unemployed graduates) lack these emerging and contemporary workplace skills hence the prevailing employability challenge among young people. This gap has become a phenomenon that has thrown up critical concerns to both the government and private sector employers of labour.

 

For instance, the National Bureau of Statistics report of September, 2016 revealed that 13.5 million youth of employable age are currently unemployable. It is to address the gap that the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is strategically partnering with the Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce (NYCC) as the Organized Private Sector (OPS) platform and Business Membership Organization (BMO) for young people to deliver the National Employability Skills Development and Internship Programme for fresh and unemployed graduates in Nigeria to prepare and equip them with the critical relevant workplace skills that are required in the 21st century world of work across the country.

 

NESDIP is a National Employability Skills Development and Internship Programme developed by the Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce, reviewed and endorsed by the National Open University of Nigeria to provide employability training and internship opportunity for fresh and unemployed graduates.

 

1.         What is NESDIP?

 

Answer:

The acronym NESDIP means National Employability Skills Development and Internship Programme.

 

2.         What is Employability Skills?

 

            Answer:

            Employability skills are soft, transferable and proficiency skills other than technical skills acquired from conventional learning that leads to the award of a degree certificate.

 

3.         Why is Employability skills important in the today’s world of work?

 

            Answer:

            The evolution and continuous advancement in technology has transformed the 21st century world of work and so the 21st century world of work is driven by creative thinking, innovation and high level competition like never before.

 

            And so, 21st century employers of labour are therefore looking for employees with contemporary skills and proficiencies that can add value to the enterprise endeavours.

 

4.         Why do graduates lack these skills and why is it important for them to acquire them?

 

            Answer:

            Graduates lack Employability skills because such skills are not part of the conventional school curriculum and so they are not taught in schools.

 

More importantly, employability skills are practical workplace skills and can only be acquired in an ideal workplace through practical and experiential learning in the workplace.

 

            Employability skills are essential workplace skills in today’s world of work and it is important for Graduates to acquire them to enable them fit in and function seamlessly in the 21st century workplace.

 

5.         What is the National Employability Skills Development and Internship Programme?

 

            Answer:

            The National Employability Skills Development and Internship Programme is a strategic human capital development programme designed to address the supply side deficit of highly inspired, motivated and proficient work ready young people that has the capacity to contribute to the development of the nation’s economy

 

NESDIP is an employers’ led intervention programme designed to address the challenge of employability among fresh and unemployed graduates by training and equipping them with contemporary workplace skills.

 

The strategic objective of NESDIP is to build a critical mass of highly inspired, motivated and proficient work ready young people and position them in an organized pool for employers’ of labour to draw from.

 

The programme is designed to train and equip fresh and unemployed graduates with essential 21st century workplace skills that are needed in the world of work.

 

6.         What is the objective of NESDIP?

 

Answer:

The strategic objective of NESDIP as an intervention programme is to build a critical mass of employable and work ready human resources for national development thereby reducing the escalating rate of unemployment occasioned by lack of employable skills among graduates.

 

7.         Where will the training be taking place?

 

            Answer:

The training will be holding in all the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) Study Centers across the country.

 

8.         Who are the Resource Persons that will be delivering the programme curriculum?

 

            Answer:

Resource Persons that will be delivering the NESDIP curriculum and learning methodology are Human Resource Experts with practical workplace experience in human resource talent hunting, recruitment, training, internship placement and management.

 

9.         What are the components of NESDIP?

 

  1. The 21st century workplace
  1. Personal Skills
  1. People Skills
  1. Workplace Skills
  1. Applied Knowledge Skills
  1. Analytical models
  1. Job seeking essentials

 

10.       What is the structure of NESDIP?

 

            Answer:

NESDIP is an experiential and practical learning programme structured to achieve the ultimate objective of imbibing skills and building competence of young people to function seamlessly and productively in the 21st workplace

 

NESDIP is structured to provide the following;

  1. A comprehensive three (3) weeks intensive Employers led training on contemporary workplace skills
  1. A three (3) months Internship Programme to demonstrate skills learned and opportunity to gain practical workplace experience
  1. Graduation and issuance of National Employability Proficiency Certificate upon satisfactory employer recommendation on completion of Internship Programme
  1. Profiling on the Eagle Intern Online Portal pool of work ready human capital from where Employers of Labour can draw from
  1. Outstanding Interns are treated with preferences
  1. Corporate engagement to source for job prospects and placement
  1. Continuous engagement and refresher training to enhance productivity and peak performance in the workplace

 

11.       How much is the cost of participating in NESDIP?

 

            1.      Interns registration form is N1,000.00 (One thousand Naira) only

 

 2.      Training Fee is N35,000.00 (Thirty five thousand Naira) only    

 

12.       Does NESDIP have provision for a continuous engagement programme for interns?

Answer:

There will a continuous interface and interactive session between the interns and the programme administrators to assess the interns performance on the job, identify and address gaps as well as provide them with the opportunity for share experiences, ask questions and get appropriate answers on gray areas of concerns to them.

 

13.       What about sponsorship and how can Corporate and Development Organization support NESDIP?

 

            Answer:

 

NESDIP is open for sponsorship by Corporate Organizations as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes and Intervention from Development Organizations to subsidize the cost of training for participating and interested interns. The idea is to provide equal opportunity for a critical mass of graduates participate and benefit from NESDIP.

 

 

14.       What is the sustainability strategy for NESDIP?

 

1.         NATIONAL EMPLOYABILITY AND CAREER FAIR (ECF)

           

NESDIP Employability and Career Fair (ECF) is the biggest national interface between employers of labour and job seekers,

 

The National Employability and Career Fair is organized in line with global best practices in organizing job fairs that provides opportunity for employers of labour to headhunt potential employees, interview and recruit employees seeking for employment.

 

NESDIP Employability and Career Fair (ECF) holds twice a year in major cities of the six (6) geo-political zones to provide the enabling environment and opportunity for employment seekers to access employment opportunities that they may never know exist in some organizations as well as provide opportunity for employers of labour to headhunt potential employees from a common pool.

 

2.         NATIONAL EMPLOYABILITY AND CAREER BOOTHCAMP (EC-BOOTHCAMP)

 

The National Employability and Career Boothcamp (EC-Boothcamp) is an inspirational and motivational career counseling, mentorship and development support programme for young people seeking for ways to enhance or grow their careers.

 

NESDIP Employability and Career Boothcamp (EC-Boothcamp) holds every summer for young people seeking for employment opportunity but are having challenges or simply does not know what to do, under-employed people seeking for job transition options or people who are simply not satisfied with their present jobs and are seeking to explore career options in other sectors.

 

Employability and Career Boothcamp (EC-Boothcamp) simulates an ideal workplace and how to navigate through everyday workplace challenges.

 

3.         NATIONAL EMPLOYABILITY CONFERENCE (NEC)

 

NESDIP National Employability Conference (NEC) is an annual convergence of relevant stakeholders in the employment space to deliberate and share ideas on emerging concepts and trends on employability and the workplace, explore and determine how to develop manpower to respond to the demands of the emerging trends as well as assess how it translates to impact on the national economy.

 

 

4.         THE WORKPLACE TV

 

The Workplace TV is a dedicated labour television programme where stakeholders are invited to speak to topical labour related issues such as labour laws, policies, and global best practices as well as everyday happenings in the workplace.

 

The Workplace TV is an inspiring, informative and educative television programme that throws light on critical issues about the workplace, people events and places.

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