IMPACT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND VOCATIONAL SKILLS DEVELOPMENT ON YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN NIGERIA
Youth unemployment is a global problem that governments all over the world are contending
with. Each year, educational institutions in the country churn out graduates in thousands into the
already saturated labour market, where these young graduates search for non-existent white
collar jobs. This has therefore led to an increase in the demand for entrepreneurs in the world
The level of unemployment and youth restiveness has continued to worsen despite measures
and strategies adopted over the years. Consequently, the Nigerian Government in recent years
has instituted different vocational and skills development as well as social investment
programmes to address these challenges.
Entrepreneurial and vocational skill development is therefore increasingly being recognised as
important drivers of creativity and innovation, employment generation, poverty reduction and
wealth creation. Vital knowledge, skills and attitudes are required from individuals, both literate
and illiterates, to start, manage and sustain a business enterprise. These skills not only enhance
self-reliance and self-sustenance, but also promote economic growth and development.
This study, therefore, has attempted to examine the extent to which entrepreneurial and
vocational skills development have impacted positively on youth employment in Nigeria. I am
therefore delighted that this very important study has been completed and published at this time
when youth unemployment has become a national issue and a critical subject of discourse.
It is my hope that stakeholders, especially government at all levels, employers of labour and the
academia, will find this publication as a useful resource material while making policies and
plans to address the challenges of unemployment in Nigeria.
Dr. Kashim Akor
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August 19, 2021