Junior Achievement Nigeria, a non-profit economic education organisation has in collaboration with Parthian Partners and GBFoods trained 100 rigorously selected members of the National Youth Service Corps under the Venture in Management Programme (ViMP)
The ViMP programme in collaboration with Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University is designed to enable youths to thrive in a global economy while transforming them to become conscientious global citizens.
Annually, 100 graduates are taken through activities aimed at sharpening their entrepreneurial and work readiness skills. The programme also features special events such as an Alumni Mixer and Career Fair with leading professionals from the ViMP alumni community and other industry professionals.
Foluso Gbadamosi, executive director, Junior Achievement Nigeria, said the ViMP is one of the ways JA Nigeria contributes to the attainment of UN SDGs particularly Goals 1, 4, 8, 17.
According to Gbadamosi, JA Nigeria firmly believes that young people have the potential to transform their respective communities and bring about sustainable solutions that would impact the world around them.
“ViMP is designed as a one-week intensive session to introduce all successful participants to the different facets of managing a business, making crucial business decisions and developing skills for general management in career and entrepreneurship,” she said.
Speaking about this year’s edition, Oluseye Olusoga The Chief Executive Officer, of Parthian Partners, said the company has a longstanding commitment to human and talent development, particularly for the next generation of nation leaders.
“In line with this commitment, we are pleased to partner with Junior Achievement Nigeria once again for this year’s edition of the Venture in Management Programme. We thank JAN for putting the programme together and look forward to seeing many young Nigerians benefit from it,” he said.
Vincent Egbe , country manager, GB Foods, while also commenting on the GB Foods sponsorship with JAN, said developing leaders is at the core of the company’s philosophy and not just being leaders at culinary solutions or being leadership brands but also developing leaders who are the future.
“Just as with great ingredients you could make a great dish and with great brands you could make a great business, surely with great leaders you can build a great Nation. Therefore, this exercise is important to us; enabling great leaders will surely enable a great Nigeria and a great Africa,” he said.
In his remarks, Marvel Ogah, the ViMP Academic Director at Lagos Business School said the institution is the Venture in Management Programme (ViMP) is a transformational and career-defining experience designed to develop the business management capabilities, digital skills, and leadership abilities of selected National Youth Service Corp members at a pivotal point of their journey.
“This programme aligns with our overall goal of developing responsible and ethical business professionals and speaks to our commitment to changing the face of business practice in Africa. To this end, Lagos Business School will continue to support youths by providing several opportunities to network, upskill and contribute to Nigeria’s economic growth within the imperatives of globalization,” Ogah said.