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Press Release: Empowering Youth in Nigeria: IYF Partners with Paradigm Initiative in a project funded by to Boost IT Skills and Job Opportunities

Tuesday, July 25th, 2023, Lagos, Nigeria: A collaboration between International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Paradigm Initiative funded by which aims to equip 300 young Nigerians with the necessary skills to secure job opportunities in the Information and Technology (IT) sector has kicked off.

The project, which targets youth  between the ages of 18-30, provides training in five Google certificates, namely, IT Support, UX Design, Project Management, Digital Marketing & E-Commerce, and Data Analytics, as well as wrap-around services, including soft skills, is aimed at enhancing their employability and career prospects.

Besides technical training and soft skills, participants will benefit from mentorship sessions.

Speaking on the program, the project lead at Paradigm Initiative, Mr. Ihueze Nwobilor said: “ In today’s rapidly evolving world, the IT sector plays a crucial role in enabling efficient management and exchange of information across various industries. Given this development, organisations are investing more in IT to keep up with the growing demands to modernise operations. It is therefore important to have up-to-date skills to navigate the dynamic IT landscape, more so for aspiring IT professionals.”

Aspiring professionals must possess an interest in the digital environment, IT sector, or Project Management.

The partnership aims at providing job placement support to learners who successfully complete the training and obtain Google Career Certificates in their chosen field of study. Through this collaboration, the organisations will bridge the digital skills gap in Nigeria while playing an important role in empowering young Nigerians to thrive in the IT sector and equipping them with in-demand skills.



About PIN

Paradigm Initiative (PIN) connects underserved young Africans with digital opportunities and ensures the protection of their rights. We have worked in communities across Nigeria since 2007 and across Africa since 2017, building experience, community trust, and an organisational culture that positions us as a leading social enterprise in ICT for Development and Digital Rights on the continent.

Across our regional offices in Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and beyond, we have impacted youth with improved livelihoods through our digital inclusion and digital rights programs. The organisation’s programs include Life Skills. ICT. Financial Readiness. Entrepreneurship (LIFE) training program, a digital readiness workshop for girls, and Life at schools club program.

PIN has also built online platforms that educate and serve as safe spaces for reporting digital rights violations. These mediums, in the form of reports, short films, and educational online platforms, include Ayeta, Londa, and Ripoti

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