BENIN CITY – The Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs) in partnership with the Youth Employment Skills Development Program (SKYE) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) has launched a cash-for-work program for 225 state artisans.
Speaking to reporters after the launch of the program, the director general of the Edo State Skills Development Agency, Ms Ukinebo Dare, said the initiative was part of efforts to update the mandate of the Governor Godwin Obaseki on skills development and job creation for young people.
According to her, “We are launching the EdoJobs Cash for Work program in partnership with (GIZ), and the program is aimed at people from different professions. The state government partners with stakeholders to ensure that young people are trained in government projects.
“The Edo innovation center and the Edo production center are going to be renovated and some projects in other sites will be renovated; this will serve as a learning program. “
She added: “We have 225 young people in different trades, including welding, roofing, painting, tiling, plumbing, window installation and site warden, among others.
“They will work under the direction of master craftsmen and certified supervisors. They will earn money every day that they are on the project site. It is a learning project; it is an investment; it is an apprenticeship.
“They’re going to be on it for three months and at the end of the day they’re also going to be placed on bigger projects. We thank Governor Godwin Obaseki and our partners for this project.
For his part, the project manager for Edojobs for Cash Work Scheme-GIZ Skills Development for Youth Empowerment, Ingr. Iyalekhue Osazuwa, said the program aims to train young people on different topics and skills for three months.