ACCD and United States Consulate,Lagos Graduates its Inaugural SEEP Class
Calabar, December 26th 2018
The Afterschool Centre for Career Development completed the inaugural class of its Student Enterprise and Employability Programme (SEEP) Training in Calabar. Held in partnership with the United States Consulate Lagos the programme is aimed at developing their career and enterprise skills for self and corporate employment.
Held between November 27th – December 20th 2018,the SEEP employability and enterprise development accelerator trained student entrepreneurs on how to structure and run their enterprises viz -a- viz building a career in their chosen disciplines. Beyond the training the programme will launch, incubate and invest in student start-ups each year and organize industry based networking forums and Mentoring scheme for student entrepreneurs.
The programme curriculum included: Ideation and Design thinking, Business Plan Development, Personal Branding, Digital Skills for Business, Sales and Marketing, Business Ethics, Business Ethics and The Law,Legal /Business Law ,Customer Service, Funding your Idea/Business, Branding, Pitching Business Idea /Elevator Pitch, Human Resource Management, Community Mapping & Social Entrepreneurship.
The Student Enterprise and Employability participants were also taken through theoretical and practical lessons delivered through an interactive facilitation style with the objective of enabling them understand the Human Resources crisis in Nigeria. Sessions covered under the Career Development track included Employability skills – Leadership, Communication Skills, Goal Setting, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Networking, Mentoring, Career Management and CV Writing as well as an Enterprise Hotseat Series with leader Entrepreneurs in Cross River State.
Speaking at the Solar Engineering Training Graduation ceremony, the Special Guest of Honour, Barr. Eyo Ekpo, Fmr. Business Development Executive, GE Transportation and current Gubernatorial Candidate for the Social Democratic Party in Cross River State charged participants to leverage the skills and other benefits of the Solar Jobs project to gain market share in the Green and Renewable Energy (GRE) sector. He also admonished participants to also look our for opportunities and develop ideas to solve the challenges in our country.
Commenting on the impact of the Student Enterprise and Employability programme,the participants stated thus:
SEEP has been the window opportunity I was waiting for, being a part of SEEP has really shaped my life and restructured my thinking about my life,career and business. I have learnt that to be hone my skilles, offer value to the society, build my brand and make money as well as impact lives.- Patricia Akpogwu
As a business owner, the SEEP program has enriched me with the capacity to skillfully grow and manage my business as a student, one of the best sessions for me was financial management; an area I was struggling with in the past. – Chinasa Okoye
SEEP was amazing, it was very educative.I learnt how to manage my business finances, the importance of branding and packaging, the importance of customer service to the success of every business, the power of advertising and how to manage those we employ.-Bassil Agbor
Want to use this opportunity to appreciate AFTERSCHOOL for the opportunity to be a beneficiary of SEEP. Though I did not emerge amongst the top 10. But I won’t fail to sincerely appreciate AFTERSCHOOL for imparting knowledge and skills that have helped my business, career and professional life. Words can neither qualify nor quantify how helpful this training has been. To SEEP class of 2018, networking with you was a great experience. See you at the top.- Francis Eyamba
About Afterschool Centre for Career Development:
Afterschool Centre for Career Development is a non-governmental, capacity development organization committed to inspiring, investing and engaging young people as well as facilitating growth opportunities for young persons in transitional stages of their lives. We ignite young people to set career goals and walk them through the achievement of such goals enabling them transit seamlessly from school to work.
At Afterschool Centre for Career Development we employ various strategic interventions to counsel, train and provide growth opportunities for young people to prepare for the world of work through a peer mentoring model. Our programmes and projects include a Pathfinder programme for Adolescents, A Pre-Tertiary Training Programme for Post-Secondary school graduates, Workplace Training for Undergraduates as well as career advancement trainings for young professionals.
Beyond providing direct services Afterschool Centre for Career Development provides a springboard for Stakeholder collaboration and thought leadership on issues regarding holistic education including career counselling, employment and youth transitions programming. Some initiatives under our thought leadership portfolio include; The Career Counsellors Coalition and the School to Work Transitions in Africa Initiative.