Slatecube The Nigeria-made app that aims to curb graduate unemployment

One of the reasons often cited by potential employers for not hiring young graduates is the lack of professional skills, which is as a result of the lack of work experience. As a solution to this problem of the lack of experience, two young Nigerian brothers Chris and Emerald Kwekowe have developed an app called Slatecube.

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Graduate unemployment is of major concern in many countries especially developing ones. Millions of unemployed youths are vulnerable to a life of drugs, crime and terrorism.

According to a 2016 survey involving 90,000, 45 percent of the Nigeria’s graduates are unemployed. One of the reasons often cited by potential employers for not hiring young graduates is the lack of professional skills, which is as a result of the lack of work experience.

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Chris K Slatecube.jpg play In 2015, Chris Kwekowe won the grand prize for the fifth edition of the Anzisha Prize which is worth $25,000.

As a solution to this problem of the lack of experience, two young Nigerian brothers Chris and Emerald Kwekowe have developed an app called Slatecube.

Slatecube runs a fairly simply programme. Users first complete a course in their chosen field. The courses include Digital Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Media and Public Relations. Slatecube then matches them to virtual internships and work placements with many major companies. If the companies are satisfied with their productivity, then they hire them.

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Slatecube snip 2.PNG play The free courses on Slatecube include Event Planning and Digital Marketing

According to Slatecube, 80 percent of the internships have resulted in hires with the business who have signed up to the platform saving up to $100,000.

In 2015, Chris Kwekowe’s story became well known after it emerged that at a meeting with Bill Gates, the billionaire was enchanted by their conversation especially the part about Chris talking about his experience of turning down a job offer from Microsoft.

That same year, he also won the grand prize for the fifth edition of the Anzisha Prize which is worth $25,000.

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