In Nigeria, school leavers are hardly employed in offices, for it is believed they lack the requisite qualifications and employability skills to be employed. Yet we tend to forget not every school leaver will be opportune to make it to the tertiary level. How, then, do we bridge the gap?
The British Council, in conjunction with the Macarthur Foundation took the bull by the horn when it creation of Fast Forward Project, an action research pilot project testing out a model for teaching employability skills and providing work based learning opportunities to secondary school students to better prepare them for work.
The pilot project, which kicked off in three states –Lagos, Rivers and Cross River states in July 2016 and ran until September 2017, involved 300 teachers and administration, who were trained on new methodologies for teaching employability and work readiness skills. 1,000 senior secondary school students from marginalised communities and 20 government…