Unilever Nigeria and UNICEF have jointly launched the Future-X Campus Ambassadors Programme with the aim of impacting three million young Nigerians.

The programme aimed to empower 700,000 individuals between the ages of 16 to 24, with the necessary abilities to thrive in the future job market by 2026.

A statement disclosed that this aligned with the Unilever Compass commitments to equip 10 million young people worldwide with essential skills to prepare them for job opportunities by 2030.

“UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited Nigeria initiative, a public-private-youth partnership aimed to support 20 million young Nigerians by 2030 with skills and opportunities to transition from learning to earning, through shared-value partnerships around digital skills development, workforce readiness programmes, and young people engagement,” Unilever said.

The FUCAP initiative was launched on UNICEF’s Yoma and U-Report Platforms, a youth-centred platform, to ensure an extensive reach of young people in universities and other institutions of higher learning across Nigeria.

Speaking on the initiative during the launch of the programme in Lagos on Friday, the Managing Director, Unilever Nigeria, Tim Kleinebenne, said, “FUCAP is targeted at students in Universities and Polytechnics across Nigeria. This is part of our commitment to helping young people in Nigeria reach their full potential and contribute to the development of Nigeria.”

On his part, the Human Resources Director, Unilever West Africa, Ola Ehinmoro, said, “Our target for FUCAP which is a three-year programme is to equip 700,000 young people with skills to become entrepreneurial-minded, and prepared to keep re-inventing themselves for the future of work annually in the first year of kick-off.

“We will also engage 100,000 students through hybrid campus seminars that will provide students with information about the skills they need to succeed in the workplace and opportunities to network with employers and other young people. Unilever Nigeria will provide 15 Graduates.”

Also speaking, the UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Cristian Munduate, said, “UNICEF is happy to partner with Unilever Nigeria on this important initiative that focuses on developing critical 21st-century skills for young people.

“We look forward to seeing the positive impact this programme will have on the lives of youths across Nigeria in helping them succeed in the workplace and contribute to the economic growth of their communities.

“Unilever Nigeria is committed to ensuring continuous impact and investment in Nigeria through its brands and operations. The launch of FUCAP in partnership with UNICEF is a demonstration of this commitment.”

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