Title: Higher Education and Graduates’ Unemployability in Nigeria: The Policy Implication
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Kamorudeen Aselebe, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Nigeria
The deficient possession of relevant employability skills that have rendered many graduates unemployable in Nigeria has been a subject of national discourse among the policy makers in education in Nigeria in recent times. Aside the inability of the graduates to get jobs which brings about low self esteem, undermining their pleasures from social ties and friendship, generally, it adversely hinders economic growth of the country. This paper examined higher education graduates’ unemployability in Nigeria: The policy implication. This study is hinged on Harry Jerome’s structural unemployment theory. Apparently, higher institution graduates having relevant skills, academic qualifications and personal attributes are requisite demand of employers of labour. However, the response of employers of labour indicated that some of these graduates though professionally and technically qualified lack essential skills that guaranty them sustainable employment. From the available literatures, these skills include: communication, critical thinking, decision making, information technology, problem-solving mechanism, self directed learning, technical, and entrepreneurial skills among others. The paper suggested for the policy makers the justification for the inclusion of internship intervention into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, so as to equip the teeming graduates coming out of various higher institutions in Nigeria with the required skills to qualify them to be employable by employers of labour after the mandatory scheme, and this was represented with a model.
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