The Chief Executive Officer of Kaiser Foundation, Igbuan Okaisabor has said that the lack of soft skills among the Nigerian Youths make them unemployable.
According to Punch News, Okaisabor made this known during a week-long soft skills training for final year students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) studying construction and related courses.
“Soft skills are usually not acquired by students while in tertiary institutions even though that is what employers of labor look for in graduate.
“Most Nigerian Graduates today lack soft skills such as team spirit, self-confidence, communication skills and interpersonal relationship. We are talking about communication, presentation, leadership and team building skills, as these are what will ensure maximum output in the world of work.
“Construction requires team work, you cannot work alone and when job seekers lack such skills, it becomes difficult for them to integrate and deliver properly on their duties. It has become worrisome to discover that most young graduates seeking employments, can hardly write letters, just as they can hardly communicate seamlessly.
“That is why foreigners come into the country and take jobs, that otherwise should have been occupied by Nigerians because our graduates lack requisite soft skills,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of UNILAG, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Prof. Mike Adebamowo, said the initiative was in line with the institution’s vision of bridging the gap between the academia and the industry.
“This initiative by Kaiser Group is a step in the right direction. The time has come for us to train our students to be globally competitive. This soft skills training is very essential because it’s beyond what the students are learning in the academic environment, it is important to always interface with the industry.
“The students we are training now are being packaged for the industry, to be able to be solution providers to the challenges we have in the society,” Adebamowo said.
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