Capacity building through higher education : a pancea for youth employment in Nigeria

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Uzoka, N.E.
Adetoro, J.A.
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The study examines how capacity building through higher education can help to solve the problem of youth unemployment in Nigeria. Specifically the study sets out to determine the level of youth unemployment in the country, ascertain if there is a mismatch between the skills and expertise of the young graduates and the needs of technology-driven employment determine the current educational needs of the country and examine how employment in the labour market can be enhanced through higher education. Two hypotheses were formulated to guide the investigation. Descriptive survey research design was adopted for the study, Observation, questionnaire and job rating scale were used in collecting data for this study. The validity and reliability of the instrument were ascertained. The statistical technique used is 't' test at P < 0.05 level of significance. The result shows that the manpower supplied by the universities in Nigeria have met with the requirements of the labour market. This therefore shows that any form of unemployment among the youths may be as a result of other factors which may be associated with particular individual. It was also observed that the current educational needs of the country have nothing to do with the level of unemployment of Nigerian youths. The: study concluded by recommending that government should rejuvenate the economic sector for appropria expansion in order to create room for employment opportunities for'the Nigerian youths. There is also need for universities to prepare youths for lifelong learning which to some extent will be informal.
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Uzoka, N.E. and Adetoro, J.A. (2009). Capacity building through higher education : a pancea for youth employment in Nigeria. Journal of educational review, 2(2), 6p.