In 2016, Emmanuel found himself at a crossroads after facing challenges in gaining admission into a university due to a low score in English language. Undeterred, he embarked on a year-long journey that led him to the WAVE training.
"I worked as a fuel attendant from 5 am till 11 pm daily, earning 12,000 naira a month. It was not enough to live on, but I needed to keep myself busy while I waited to take the university entrance exam again," Emmanuel shares.
Discovering WAVE on the radio became a turning point. The training introduced him to crucial soft skills that he had not previously considered. Despite financial constraints and the absence of resources for transportation and food during the training in Lagos, Emmanuel's determination prevailed.
"During the training, it was challenging because I didn’t have money for transportation or even feeding. But I didn’t let that affect my mindset because I knew what I wanted to achieve," Emmanuel recounts.
A key moment during the training was a critical thinking class where participants were tasked with building the tallest standing structure. Emmanuel led his team to victory, a moment he describes as fulfilling.
After completing the WAVE program, he had a job shadow at Nayla's Kitchen in Yaba, and later, a successful interview at Craft Gourmet where he started as a Waiter Assistant.
"Skills like effective communication, being a team player, and problem-solving helped me get promoted. WAVE made me realize skills that I didn’t think were important," he emphasizes.
Emmanuel's career progression is a testament to the impact of employability skills training on youth employment. His journey from Waiter Assistant to Floor Supervisor at Craft Gourmet, and currently as a Team Leader at Kaly Restaurant and Bar Lounge, highlights the significance of continuous learning and adaptability on the job.
"WAVE has influenced me by helping me realize skills that I didn’t think were important. They have also helped me in growing on the job and being able to earn more and support my family," Emmanuel reflects.
For those seeking career skills training in Lagos, Emmanuel's story stands as an inspiration. It has not only empowered him to thrive in his career but has also equipped him to lead by example, contributing to the success of the company where he works
"For me, WAVE is the right academy to give a try to job seekers and even those that have jobs already and want to grow on their job."
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