The Federal Government has released details of its `N-Power’ Initiative, a Social Intervention Programme.

The programme which has a budget of 500 billion Naira covers the employment of 500,000 graduates as substitute teachers and the feeding of more than 20 million while in school.

The `N-Power Initiative’ portal is set to go live on Saturday, June 11, 2016, while applications will be accepted from Sunday, June 12.

What is `N-Power’?
It is a job creation and empowerment initiative of the Social Intervention Programme of the Federal Government designed to help young Nigerians to acquire and develop life-long skills to become solution providers in their communities and to become players in the domestic and global markets.

Who is it for?
It is for all eligible Nigerians looking to work gainfully. The initial programmes have been designed for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35 years.

How does it work?
There are three segments of the initiative; the N-Power' Teachers Corps, the `N-Power’ Knowledge and the `N-Power’ Build.

N-Power Teacher Corps: Is a paid volunteering programme of a 2-year duration. Participants will be provided with training for their immediate functions and for gainful employment and entrepreneurship.

Participants will provide teaching, instructional and advisory solutions in 4 key areas; Education (N-Power Teach), Public Health (N-Power Health), Agriculture (N-Power Agro), Civic and adult education (N-Power Community Education).

N-Power Knowledge: Is the Government’s first step to diversify to a knowledge economy. Second in line will be the establishment of eight innovation and technology hubs.

The knowledge programme cuts across three industries – Creative, Hardware and Software Technology. The programme will include training for about 25,000 youths as well as certification for the various courses.

N-Power Build: Is an accelerated training and certification (skills to job/enterprise) programme which will engage and train 75,000 unemployed young Nigerians in order to build a new crop of highly competent and skilled workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.

The focus industries are building services, construction, environment services, electrical/electronic engineering, hospitality and catering, aluminium and gas.




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