The impact of the Youth Entrepreneurship Training programme (YETP) on Youths Quality of Life (QoL) in Nigerian Slums
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Every year, youths in their thousands graduate from Nigerian Universities with no hope of gaining meaningful employment. This situation is most glaring amongst graduates from slums, whose families toil tooth and nail to get a university education with the hope of getting a good job and uplift the families out of poverty. However, rather than gaining skill-centred education, students will become self-employed amid the unemployment frenzy in the country, youths are trained to pass exams and have good grades. This has further exacerbated the rate of unemployment in the country. These gaps in youth development have thus inspired both government and non-government organizations to adopt entrepreneurship training to close the gap in youth unemployment in the country. This study examined the impacts of the Youth Entrepreneurship Training Programmes in improving the Quality of life of Youths in Nigeria. Achieving study aim, three objectives were formulated. The researcher adopted a qualitative research design to examine the data obtained from the study. The data obtained from the study were the qualitative type of data. The researcher adopted a semi-structured interview to collect data from the participant. Using a snowballing technique, the researcher recruited the participants of the Youth Entrepreneurship Training Program (YETP)for the study. The researcher utilized an open-ended questionnaire consisting of 29 sets of questions, out of which 13 were presented in the study. The findings showed that most youths living in slums are graduates but lack jobs due to lack of skills. Also, the YETP program allows youth to explore the options to be empowered and break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. More so, the YEPT was able to equip youths with adequate soft skills and vocational skills required to become entrepreneurs and make employment opportunities for other youths. It was thus recommended that the government develop more entrepreneurship opportunities for these youths to help reduce the unemployment rate in the country.