YESSO Skills for Job (S4J) Empowerment Programme for Nigerian Youths

YESSO Skills for Job (S4J) Empowerment Programme for Nigerian Youths

YESSO Skills for Job Empowerment Programme for Nigerian Youths

The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) is saddled with the responsibility for the implementation of the Skills for Job component [S4J] and the choice of the NDE is contingent upon the structure, capabilities and coverage of its operations in all the 36 states and FCT.

The Skills for Job Component of YESSO is designed to pilot a new approach to skills training of Nigerian youths from poor and vulnerable households for existing and potential labour market opportunities.

This Component supports existing systems at the Federal and state levels with a view to strengthening the partnership between them and the Public/Private Sector Operators ultimately to enhance employability of youths from poor and vulnerable households.

The skills training under this Component includes conduct of first level skills training (i.e. orientation and documentation, Life Skills, Sector Specific Skills, and Entrepreneurship Skills Training) which lasts for three months  at the end of which, the beneficiaries participate in a six months internship with Public/Private Sector Organizations  (PSOs)

This  Component is presently being implemented in the Seventeen (17) participating States of YESSO namely: Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Cross River, Ekiti, Gombe, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Sokoto, Taraba, and Yobe.

From 2017 to 2019, seven states of Bauchi, Cross River, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger and Oyo  completed the 1st & 2nd S4J Training Cycles and they are currently implementing the 3rd & 4th training Cycles.

From January 2019 to date, Osun State completed  the 1st training Cycle and is currently implementing the 2nd and 3rd Training Cycles. Also, the Eight States of Adamawa, Taraba, Gombe, Borno, Ondo, Abia, Sokoto and Kebbi are currently implementing the 1st Training Cycle while Yobe State is implementing 1st & 2nd Training Cycles concurrently but in different LGAs.


Interested Nigerian youths are advised to take advantage of this empowerment opportunity. Submit an application letter indicating your interest for the “SKILLS FOR JOB (S4J) COMPONENT OF YESSO” together with a passport and your local government identification letter to the nearest National directorate of employment (NDE) office close to you. Application is on a rolling basis,you will be notified as soon as it kicks off.