NYSC, Diamond Bank establish portal for graduate employment.
In a bid to alleviate corps members unemployment, Diamond Bank Plc and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have set up a curriculum vitae web repository and job portal.
The Head, Retail Banking, Diamond Bank, Mr. Robert Giles, during the launch of the portal in Lagos, said that the bank realised that youths needed a platform to showcase their potentials and talents and therefore, accepted to be part of the portal project.
Giles commended the NYSC for the initiative and assured his organization’s commitment to the project.
“We are proud to work with you (NYSC) and are committed to ensuring the sustainability of this initiative,’’ he said.
The Director-General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Sule Kazaure, in his remark, said that the portal is an initiative of the NYSC Lagos State coordinator, the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) team and a group of corps members, aimed at providing links to outgoing corps members in the labour market.
“The portal is aimed at providing the links between outgoing corps members seeking white collar jobs and employers of labour who desire to employ qualified graduates based on their jobs specifications.
“The portal we are launching will among other benefits, serve as a platform for corps members to get information on job vacancies and market themselves to prospective employers, serve as a large pool for employers searching for suitable candidates, and provide means of verification of credentials,” Kazaure said.
He said further that the NYSC had been empowering corps members for self-employment through the SAED programme in various skills areas, in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bank of Industry (BOI), adding that the corps members who are willing to be independent have access to start-up loans at single-digit interest rates.
The Vice-President, Business Development West, Sigma Pensions Limited, Mrs. Mabel George, in her remark, said, “Our job is basically about helping people to plan for their future and with this portal, it makes everyone employable.
“We are so excited that people can get employed and in turn have savings for their future. I see this as a wonderful initiative by the NYSC.
“We are here pledging our continuous support to this cause and anything that is going to help this country to become greater we always want to play a part of it.”