Unilever Nigeria and UNICEF today announced the launch of the Future-X Campus Ambassadors Program (FUCAP) to reach 3 million Nigerian youth and equip 700,000 of them between the ages of 16 and 24 with the requisite skills to succeed in the workplace of the future by 2026.
This development was contained in a statement issued by the duo on Friday, July 14, 2023.
The launch, according to the statement, aligns with the Unilever Compass commitments to equip 10 million young people worldwide with essential skills to prepare them for job opportunities by 2030.
It also aligns with UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited Nigeria initiative – a public-private-youth partnership aimed to support 20 million young Nigerians by 2030 with skills and opportunities to transition from learning to earning, through shared-value partnerships around digital skills development, workforce readiness programmes, and young people engagement.
The FUCAP initiative was launched on UNICEF’s Yoma and U-Report Platforms, a youth-centered platform, to ensure an extensive reach of young people in universities and other institutions of higher learning across Nigeria.
Speaking on the initiative, the Managing Director, Unilever Nigeria, Tim Kleinebenne, said, “FUCAP is targeted at students in Universities and Polytechnics across Nigeria. This is part of our commitment to helping young people in Nigeria reach their full potential and contribute to the development of Nigeria.”
On his part, the Human Resources Director, Unilever West Africa, Ola Ehinmoro said, “our target for FUCAP which is a three-year program is to equip 700,000 young people with skills to become entrepreneurial-minded and prepared to keep re-inventing themselves for the future of work annually in the first year of kick-off.”
“We will also engage 100,000 students through hybrid campus seminars that will provide students with information about the skills they need to succeed in the workplace and opportunities to network with employers and other young people. Unilever Nigeria will provide 15 Graduate Internship placements through the FUCAP initiative to immerse these talents into its workforce”, He added.
Also speaking, UNICEF Nigeria Representative, Cristian Munduate informed that UNICEF was happy to partner with Unilever Nigeria and was looking forward to the impact of the program on the beneficiaries:
“UNICEF is happy to partner with Unilever Nigeria on this important initiative that focuses on developing critical 21st-century skills for young people.
“We look forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have on the lives of youths across Nigeria in helping them succeed in the workplace and contribute to the economic growth of their communities”, she said.