Shell says it has activated plans to send 150 youths on enterprise training under its LiveWire programme.
Shell says it has activated plans to send 150 youths on enterprise training under its LiveWire programme. The two-week training slated for later in September will be held for the selected youths in Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa states.
Media Relations Manager of Shell, Mr. Precious Okolobo, said in a statement yesterday that the programme is open to university and polytechnic graduates with innovative business ideas from the three states.
The curriculum includes Business Planning and Management and post start-up Mentoring, incubation and market linkages. Successful candidates will be linked to third parties such as NGOs, banks, and allied financial institutions and provided a volunteer mentoring programme.
Spokesman Precious Okolobo stated in a release that the new training programme would escalate the number of the programme’s beneficiaries to over 6000 in 12 years. The programme is sponsored by partners in the joint venture that involves Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Total and Agip.
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) operates the joint venture and runs associated corporate social responsibility programmes on behalf of other partners. Launch of the programme in 2003, LiveWIRE is a flagship youth enterprise development programme which provides access to training, business development services and start-up capital.
“LiveWIRE presents a good opportunity for bright young people to bring their ideas to fruition,” said SPDC’s General Manager External Relations, Igo Weli. “We are pleased to see the youths transform to employers of labour after going through intensive business training that is reinforced with theoretical and practical sessions.”
In 2014, the Livewire scheme was broadened to include a specific focus on people with physical impairments. Some 180 disabled people had already benefited from training and grants by the end of the year.
Shell Companies in Nigeria work with government, communities and civil society to implement programmes that have a lasting impact on lives in the Niger Delta and beyond. Social investment activities are focused in particular on community and enterprise development, education and health.