caseStudy | 28 March 2018

Capacity building and empowerment

Seplat recognises the importance of investing in future generations to ensure they have the skills and education needed to positively change their lives and to contribute successfully to the local economy.

To reflect this, Seplat and NPDC have partnered with an independent NGO, Global Human Development Initiative (‘GHDI’), on a Skills Acquisition Training Programme which aims to provide young adults with the tools to deliver valuable services to host communities whilst also creating livelihoods. The ultimate goal is to increase the social and economic opportunities available to the youth in the section of the Niger Delta where we operate, reducing the levels of poverty and militancy in Nigeria’s oil province.

The programme is open to all young adults aged between 22 and 40 years old, living in the Edo and Delta States, and is co-funded by Seplat and NPDC. The programme’s participants are provided with a combination of on-the-job training, mentoring and consistent assessments in a range of different vocations.

Trainees are able to select the courses that best fit their individual skills and interests, working closely with mentors to explore all aspects of the selected training. In addition to the financing of the course, the programme provides its trainees with accommodation and a monthly allowance. The mentors are actively monitored to ensure that their skills are being adequately transferred to those individuals taking part.

Since 2011, 196 young adults have benefited from the apprenticeship programme and we have seen an active change in participants’ income and living standards on completion of the training. Participants have become more self-reliant and are able to pay for food for their families, medical bills, education, home comforts, as well as now having the necessary skills to train others in the community.

Welding and fabrication 60
Fashion design and garment making 46
ICT/computer 33
Catering services 7
Hairdressing  10
Agriculture/agribusiness: fishing, poultry and piggery 10
Woodwork/furniture making 5
Aluminium works 5
Motor mechanics 5
Paint production1 5
Production of toiletries and other home products2 10

1. gloss, emulsion and text-coat paints

2. antiseptic, vaseline, perfume, powder, soap bar, liquid soap

Seplat and NPDC proactively monitor and measure the impacts the scheme has had on both the individuals who have taken part and the wider community, confirming its necessity for economic and social development in the Edo and Delta States. We understand the threat that sustained levels of youth unemployment will have in the development of Nigeria. Seplat believes that this capacity and skills building initiative is vital in motivating communities to overcome the social and economic challenges they face today.