Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
LABOUR MARKET FORUM
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective of this initiative is to reduce the number of unemployed youths in the society, which would be done by bridging the lacuna between employers and employees. To begin this, three vital things would be put into place:1. An online community would be created for employees to register. This community would need prospective employees to provide their qualifications and the kind of job they desire. This community would also be interactive, for prospective employees to gain knowledge from each other. 2. The community would create a relationship with companies in need of these employees and with organisations where these employees fit into, so as to connect them with suitable candidates for the available jobs in their organisation. The major difference between this community and other job sites is that those in this community would have a greater advantage as there would be an already established relationship between these companies and the community3. The community would involve in constant training of its members! Registered members would have free courses on leadership and workplace qualities that would make them better prepared and suited for available jobs.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The targeted Sdgs are poverty reduction and Decent work and Economic growth. I believe both are actually interrelated. If decent work can be provided for qualified candidates, there would be reduction in poverty and consequently, economic growth! Unfortunately, I've seen people qualified for much more, doing so much less. I've seen graduates with the wisdom and energy to contribute to economic growth, reduced to manual labourers, doing menial jobs. This community would go a long way in eliminating such by connecting qualified employees to suitable jobs. In keeping tab with our success rate, we would have the following goals span over a period of five years. 1. To get at least 500,000 thousand registered applicants within 5 years (This rate is subject to change, depending on the general response to the program) 2. To achieve 80% employment of registered applicants in 5 years. 3. To achieve 100% quality education program for members of the community within a period of 5 years. I do believe that this success rate would tell a great deal on the economy when achieved and would go a long way in poverty reduction. When this success rate is achieved in a period of five years, higher targets would be set for a longer period of time. We aim that by 2030, The Labour Market Forum would be One of the major mobilisers of Labor in the system. This is achievable with clear goals and execution of these goals.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Like earlier stated, the beginning part of this idea would be the creating of an online community. The community must be one of integrity , humongous enough to accommodate it's members and reliable to protect the information of members. After the online community is created, there would be need to get people to register and create detailed profiles. Sensitisation would be a major tool for this idea to materialise. It would need mass publicity. Fortunately, the social media avails us the suitable ground for this publicity. So using the social media as a tool, we would create awareness of the community and get people to register. For financing the project, we would rely on grants, partnerships and proceeds from enhanced mentoring sessions. Although most of the mentoring classes would be free, there would be an optional indept session for those who need extra work to improve their marketplace skills.
I am 24 years old (born 22nd November, 1994), an indigene of Delta state, Nigeria. My motivation springs from personal experience of the dangers which ignorance of opportunities in the Labour world brings. Although I was qualified for many jobs, I was unable to lend my talents to any because I was unaware of them and most were inaccessible to me. Thus many opportunities slipped through my fingers. I believe this to be the case of many qualified young people who are qualified for many opportunities but are unaware of them and are unable to access them. This is why I have undertaken this task. They've been times before when I've had to engage in similar situations. Once, my passion for education drove me to volunteer for some NGOs which desired to further quality education for young people. I passionately contributed my quota to that course. I do believe I can bring the same passion to this vision.