This is an employability, literacy and leadership enhancement intervention for girls aged 16 to 20 years living in grassroots communities of Ajegunle and Mushin, Lagos State; Molete and Oke-Ado, Oyo State. Financed by Standard Chartered Bank and implemented by YEF, Skills For Life enhances livelihood skills of girls through job placements, apprentice schemes and experiential partnership learning or job shadowing exercise; secondary school 3 students who have a career choice of study going to senior classes, by extension, to tertiary institutions. They are placed at an established field of their interest for 4 weeks firsthand and practical information of their dream careers within target communities.
S4L recruited 80 beneficiaries; 27 Job shadowing and 53 vocational skills acquisition apprenticeships. The Job shadowing applicants were placed at different established career fields (Health, Accounting, Law, Mass-communication, Computer appreciation and Civil Engineering) of their choice for experiential learning for 4 weeks. Job shadowing beneficiaries gave a glowing tribute of their field experience and would love to have such opportunity next time. The vocation apprentices on the other hand, were placed in different vocations of their choice and have completed their training.
Speaking recently at S4L exhibition ceremony in Lagos, one of the beneficiaries of the project’s employability scheme Miss Chiamaka Emmanuel acknowledged the enormous impact of the project in her life; ”honestly the outcome of this project in my life is far beyond my expectations. i never knew i could be more exposed, industrious and also earn some money. Since i finished learning Make-Up and Ankara Designs, i have been getting calls upon calls for contracts and ceremonies. I make at least 20000 Naira every weekend. I am really saving money for my University education and establishment of my own Beauty Home. I am grateful to Standard Chartered Bank and YEF for this wonderful opportunity in my life”