The iLEAD Fellowship is a two-pronged initiative launched in 2017 in Akwa Ibom State. It equips and prepares young university graduates who are passionate about social change with the skills, knowledge and experience to become ready talent for the social sector in Nigeria. In addition, it trains young graduates to impart leadership and life skills training, guide and influence public secondary school students while undergoing their National Youth Service. On the other hand these graduates, in turn, inspire and empower students in secondary schools by cascading leadership, life and employability skills required for personal effectiveness and to transition successfully to high education or paid jobs.
The development sector is fast growing and holds a huge promise to reduce unemployment, however, there is no structured talent management pipeline for transitions into this industry. Ford Foundation and LEAP Africa have embarked on a two-year partnership (2017 – 2019) to bridge this gap.