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In a society filled with risks and potentials, people use social protection and labour market programmes to manage risks and volatility, protect them from destitution and connect to opportunities. However, for implementers of social protection and labour market programmes, stakeholders’ engagement is the most important activity that can encourage ownership of the programmes by the beneficiaries. The Skills-for-Job(S4J) component of Osun YESSO which is about building skills of youths between 18-35 years who are unemployed and with a minimum of JSS 3 educational level kicked-off with a 2-day orientation held on 20th and 21st July, 2017 for the S4J team. The S4J team mined potential beneficiaries from Osun YESSO Single Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households which was generated from the Community-Based Targeting exercise facilitated by the State Operation Coordinating Office (SOCU) on 23rd July, 2017. A total of 2,869 potential beneficiaries were mined from 18 LGAs with 633 from urban communities and 2,236 from rural communities.

To ensure full enrolment of all mined potential beneficiaries in this programme, the State Operation Coordinating Unit, OSUN YESSO convened a Stakeholder's meeting at the Conference room of the Bureau of Social Services (BOSS) Wednesday August 9, 2017. In attendance were Executive Secretaries of the eighteen (18) Local Government Areas which have so far been captured in the Single Register of Poor and Vulnerable Households. The LGAs are Olorunda, Iwo, Ife South, Ife North, Ife East, Ife East Area Office, Ayedire, Ola Oluwa, Boripe, Ila, Ifedayo, Isokan, Oriade, Atakumosa East, Atakumosa West, Ejigbo, Boluwaduro, Ayedaade and Odo Otin. Also present at the meeting was the Senior Technical Adviser to the Governor on Development Partners and International Relations - Dr. Olugbile, representatives from State Ministry of Budget & Planning, National Association of Small and Medium Enterprise, Ministry of Commerce, Federation of Informal Workers Organisation of Nigeria (FIWON) and 3rd Party Monitors from YESSO Federal Operation Coordinating Unit.

The Objective of the meeting was to develop a working framework for S4J in the State to ensure all the mined potential beneficiaries participate in the intervention and assign roles to all stakeholders for a successful implementation and sustainability. State Coordinator, Osun YESSO, ‘Femi Ifaturoti gave an overview of YESSO and its components especially Skills-for-Job. Osun YESSO-S4J Team Lead, Mr. Daramola further explained the activities involved in the nine months engagement of the beneficiaries namely; 3 months Training, particularly for life skills, vocational skills, and entrepreneurial skills; 6 months Internship/Apprenticeship with private and public sector agencies; provision of stipends and starter packs to beneficiaries and tracking of participants through a robust Monitoring & Evaluation system. He also described the various challenges that may hamper the successful implementation of the programme which include transportation of beneficiaries from remote communities to the training centre, partnership with private sector for beneficiaries’ internship and provision of starter packs to beneficiaries after internship.
In conclusion, all the stakeholders pledged their support for the programme and a committee was set up to ensure application of the framework and effective implementation of Skills-for-Job in the State of Osun.

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