The National Youth Service corps (NYSC) on Friday launched a job portal and national CV bank for corps members.
This was disclosed by NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, while speaking at a launch held in Lagos.
The portal, nyscjobs.org, which was developed by the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) of the NYSC in conjunction with Diamond Bank, Dragnet, Blogme, Gr8tjobs.ng, and Sigma Pensions, allows corps members to upload their curriculum vitae (CV) and employers to post vacancies and screen candidates.
Corps members can also post short videos to sell their skills to employers.
Kazaure said it was part of the NYSC’s programme to promote employability after the one-year scheme.
He said: “Despite the obvious difficulty of securing white collar jobs and the overriding benefits of self-employment, a good number of our graduates are still inclined to trying their lucks with paid employment. This is why management considers it appropriate to buy into the idea of helping corps members to package themselves for employability in the highly competitive labour market.
“The portal we are launching today will, among other benefits, serve as a platform for corps members to get information on job vacancies and market themselves to protective employers, serve as a large pool for employers searching for suitable candidates, and provides means of verification of credentials.”
“NYSC has been taking steps to empower corps members for self-employment through one of our programmes – the Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme.
“Among the strides we have made so far, are the in-camp and off-camp training in various skills in partnerships with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Bank of Industry.
“Through this, the corps entrepreneurs will benefit from start-up loans at single digit interest rates.’’