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LiveWIRE a Shell global community initiative was launched in Nigeria in 2003 to encourage young people to see starting a business as a desirable and viable career option. The programme exposes undergraduates and postsecondary school leavers to basic business principles and start up funds for business establishment. The programme has trained 3408 young people since 2003, of which 908 have received awards .
The LiveWIRE programme is another way we support entrepreneurs. It gives young people the skills they need to start a business. In Nigeria, this programme has trained more than 3,000 young people since 2003. With the support of the Delta State government, they had established more than 519 businesses by the end of 2009. In addition, the regional LiveWIRE programme helped 39 young entrepreneurs set up, expand or manage their businesses in 2009.
Agriculture is one of the main sources of income for Nigerians. SPDC is partnering with USAID Nigeria and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in an $11.3 million project ($2.25 million Shell share) over five years to develop cassava farming. In 2009, more than 3,400 farmers received training under this programme. It has also provided technical and business skills training for 11,000 farmers and has created 3,600 full-time and 9,000 part-time jobs.
By the end of 2010, 3000 candidates were trained of which 588 received business start up awards. As at February 2012, a total of 3408 young people had been trained, of which 908 received awards.
LiveWire Nigeria produced two recipients of the Central Bank of Nigeria's "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" Award.