A group, Focad Global Concept, has asked organisations in the country to give more opportunities for students to gain exposure in order to prepare for the world of work.
The leader of the group, Olaonipekun Kazeem, said such could help address youth unemployment as the students would identify their strengths and areas of interest early in life.
Kazeem spoke in Lagos at the start of a five-day career programme for public and private school pupils.
He said, “A lot of young people get into the university without clarity about their future. They also leave the university without knowing what they really want to do. This is what is responsible for the rise in unemployment. We want to tackle this from the grass-roots level by helping teenagers identify their strengths and areas of interest.
“Organisations need to understand that the industries are going to be led in the future by these youths. They need to consider investing in them by opening their doors more especially for excursion and internship. These teenagers need to come in to see how things are done because they are the ones who will bring in innovation into the industries in years to come.”
He noted that the programme would expose the youths to goals and prioritisation, dealing with expectations, building healthy relationships and understanding entrepreneurship.