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Empowering Niger Delta Youths
At Shell, we recognise that the youths of the Niger Delta are the promise of tomorrow. They represent the collective dreams of a stable and prosperous society where commerce and industry thrive, and people develop their fullest potentials in peace and security.
Youth training metal works workshop
Reducing unemployment among the young is a top priority for Shell Companies in Nigeria. The oil industry is key to the Nigerian economy and the disruption of it by those who are disaffected is a matter of great concern. The young are Nigeria’s greatest hope for the future and it is essential that they have real job opportunities through vocational training and job creation programmes. Managed in partnership with local NGOs, this scheme continues to offer training to young people in skills sets including welding, sewing, auto mechanics, electrical work, computer technology, hairdressing, building, baking, soap making, plumbing and fitting.
A key aspect of our youth development scheme is enabling the youths to gain useful skills with which they can gainfully be self-employed. In 2000, SPDC commenced a comprehensive youth empowerment scheme targeted at youths in Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Imo, Abia, Akwa Ibom and Edo states. The programme comprises four main components:
- Youth Training & Enterprise Programme (YTEP)
- Work Force Training (WFT)
- Youth Apprenticeship Training and Enterprise Scheme (YATES)
- Non Violence and Conflict Management Training
Training can help young people acquire the skills they need in life. During 2009, the SPDC-operated joint venture spent more than $2.3 million ($710,000 Shell share) to train 306 youths in a range of skills including welding, pipefitting and carpentry, enterprise and leadership development, and conflict management.