Microsoft Collaborates with TFP To Launch Youth Online Employability Platform

microsoftMicrosoft partners with The Future Project (TFP) to unveil an Online employability Platform called “Aiki Nigeria” for Nigerians. This Platform was launched at an event held at the Civic Centre, Victoria island, Lagos on 15th November 2013.

Aiki Nigeria is a programme that features a web based job/training resource centre. The platform provides a guide for young Africans in the area of career planning, skill acquisition, entrepreneurship development, Job sourcing and small business sustainability. The objective is to create a better-informed and empowered citizenry across Nigeria; particularly among the youth demography.

This global brand will help create jobs even for the new generation in Nigeria through challenging the creativity, mentorship and enabling them to contribute to the national economy by so doing.

Ugochukwu Nwosu, Microsoft citizenship manager for anglophone West Africa, said “In working with organisations, technology enthusiasts and governments at every level, we have emphasised the crucial importance of jobs for a new generation of Nigerians. This programme is a major step in leading a coordinated solution to this urgent problem”.

The launching of the platform also coincides with the 20 years anniversary of Microsoft operation in Nigeria. It was also made known that similar projects are ongoing in other African countries.

Chude Jideonwo, executive director of The Future Project, said the firm had always invested in enterprise and expanding opportunities for young people.

“Through our enterprise support scheme platform, we have over five years created a platform for young people to build a community of opportunities, to connect with capacity and build a shared future of value. We are glad to be partnering with Microsoft to scale up this engagement and to reach a deeper pool of the un-served across the country,” he said.

The official website for the platform is www.aiki.ng which will be launched fully in December. Adebola Williams, founding partner of TFP said that about 100,000 people are expected to hook unto the services online while about 500,000 will do same by June 2014.

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